The Toowoomba Hospital is the major winner out of the Queensland Government's major boost into the regions healthcare services.
The Toowoomba Hospital is the major winner out of the Queensland Government's major boost into the regions healthcare services. Bev Lacey

Seniors big winners from record healthcare boost

SENIORS living in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs are set for an $801 million path to better health after a record boost was announced by the Queensland Government.

The plan, which is headlined by 31 new beds at Toowoomba Hospital, is a major health initiative for the region and, according to the Palaszczuk Government, maintains a promise to the people of Queensland.

"No matter where you live in the Darling Downs region, you will have access to high-quality health care," Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said.

"We promised more support for our health system - and in this budget that's exactly what we're delivering."

While the Toowoomba Hospital was the major beneficiary from the investment, seniors living in the region will be able to access expanded services in services such as gastrointestinal endoscopy, mental health and the redevelopment of the Kingaroy Hospital.

"Tomorrow's State Budget will deliver on the healthcare commitments we made to Queenslanders at the election," the minister said.

"We're investing an extra $15.9 million in growth funding to help our hardworking doctors and nurses meet the growing demand for services particularly in our hospital emergency departments.

"Our State Budget will include a record $18.3 billion for health services and infrastructure in Queensland in 2018-19."


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