Record Gold Coast Health Budget Fuels Coomera Hospital Progress

  • The Miles Government's upcoming state budget set to deliver over $2.4 billion for the Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service, through a record Health Budget.
  • A virtual flythrough released brings the future Coomera Hospital to life.
  • The Miles Government's $1.3 billion project will deliver more than 400 beds and world class health care for the growing northern Gold Coast community.
  • Completion of the new Coomera Hospital building is projected to be late-2027, with early works continuing for the duration of 2024.

New Premier Steven Miles has announced a massive $2.42 billion in the upcoming State Budget dedicated towards the Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service.

It comes as the government is set to deliver a record Health budget in 2024.

The new HHS budget represents an enormous 13.5% increase, or $288,767 million, in funding compared to the prior year.

In a clear demonstration of Labor's commitment to healthcare, the new figure means the Miles Labor Government has delivered an increase of over 127 per cent compared to what the HHS received under the LNP in 2014-15.

Significant progress has also been made on the new $1.3 billion Coomera Hospital project since early works commenced in late-2023.

The site is now cleared and construction of retaining walls is nearing completion.

The virtual tour of the future hospital released paints a picture of what patients will see when they walk through the doors, including an inpatient unit, reception, waiting areas and shops.

The state-of-the-art 404-bed hospital will be perched on the elevated land adjoining the Coomera Train Station ensuring easy access for the community.

The project team is working closely with clinicians, consumers and community representatives to inform both the design and the models of care for the future facility. Early works are expected to continue until the end of the year with main construction forecast to kick off in early 2025 and projected completion in late 2027.

The new Coomera Hospital is part of the Miles Labor Government's record-breaking $14 billion Health Big Build, under Queensland's Big Build initiative.

The plan to deliver new and expanded hospitals helps ensure continued access to world-class healthcare for rapidly growing regions – boosting capacity through expansions to 11 existing hospitals, building three new hospitals, seven satellite and building a dedicated cancer centre.

Queensland's Health Big Build is delivering over 3,300 additional hospital beds, including 199 in 2023 and 239 in 2024.

These capital works form part of the Miles Government's unwavering commitment to deliver high quality healthcare, closer to home.

As stated by Premier Steven Miles:

"We are doing what matters for Queenslanders and that means quality healthcare, close to home.

"Our hardworking health staff on the Gold Coast looked after nearly 50,000 people in the first quarter of this year.

"My upcoming budget will deliver the biggest investment to Queensland Health services, infrastructure and personnel in the state's history.

"That means new facilities like the Coomera Hospital, here on the Gold Coast, will be delivered to ensure we can cater for the thousands of new people who want to call this beautiful part of the world home."

As stated by Deputy Premier and Treasurer Cameron Dick:

"Only a Labor government delivers the infrastructure and services our growing state needs, and that is exactly what the Miles Government is delivering in the budget.

"The Miles Labor Government is building the hospitals, boosting bed numbers and supporting our hardworking doctors and nurses, to ensure all Queenslanders have access to world-class healthcare.

"We know the Gold Coast is growing rapidly, and that's why we are increasing the Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service budget by almost $300 million.

"David Crisafulli's promise to cut debt, cut taxes for big companies and eliminate the deficit means he won't be able to fund improved health services, but instead will need to cut health jobs and the health building program to pay for his unfunded commitments."

As stated by Minister for Health Shannon Fentiman:

"I am so proud to be delivering the largest ever investment in the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service budget – well over double the funding they received from the LNP.

"The Gold Coast is one of the busiest areas in the country for healthcare, which is why we're increasing Gold Coast HHS' budget by a massive 13.5 per cent this year.

"The Miles Government is also building the hospitals today that Queenslanders will need in the future, to ensure Gold Coast locals can continue to receive high quality healthcare closer to home.

"It's fantastic to see the progress on site and the virtual plans come to life.

"Not only is this project generating more than 3,000 construction jobs but it also provides more local healthcare jobs on the northern Gold Coast.

"This new state-of-the-art hospital will ensure the fast-growing northern corridor will have easy access to healthcare for years to come."

As stated by Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon:

"Only Labor is delivering better healthcare for the Gold Coast.

"The LNP failed to commit to any major health upgrades at the last election, and they won't even back in health investments in the community they're supposed to represent.

"Our city is growing and we're delivering more hospitals, more beds and more frontline staff.

"It joins the Gold Coast Secure Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit with 40 beds, Tugun Satellite Hospital and expansions to Robina Hospital that will deliver 134 new beds."

As stated by Gold Coast Health Executive Director for Transformation and Digital Sandip Kumar:

"Along with local residents and businesses who have already expressed positive sentiment about the new Coomera Hospital, Gold Coast Health is excited to see the project continue to progress.

"It's important to note the new Coomera Hospital will be a facility that will benefit the whole city, alleviating pressure across Gold Coast Health's entire network, in particular Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital.

"The 404-bed facility will also bring new services and enhance health care accessibility for the Northern Corridor, one of Australia's fastest-growing populations.

"As well as reducing travel times and providing quality health care closer to home, the new Coomera Hospital will improve patient-centred care through new models of care and the latest health technology.

"The hospital is currently in the planning and design phase with earthworks now underway and main construction scheduled to be completed by late 2027."

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