Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has reacted to claims of severe pressure and under resourcing at Redland Hospital.
The Minister claims expansion for the hospital is not possible without first building a new car park.
Minister Miles has written to staff at the hospital promising an expansion of the facility, including an intensive care unit but has not given any time frame.
“I … know you are facing growth in demand for your services, caused by a range of factors including population growth, ageing, chronic disease and lack of adequate primary health care, that is why we are expanding the Redland ED and maternity wards, and why we have plans for a much bigger expansion including an ICU.”
Mr Miles says however that expansion would not be possible without first building a new car park.
Redland Hospital emergency physician Michael Cameron who made the public statements complained patient care was compromised because of the lack of an intensive care unit, not enough inpatient beds and limited access to key medical specialists.
Dr Cameron stressed Redland Hospital provided “first class emergency medical care”.