Australia’s largest public hospital provider has cancelled elective surgeries for some patients for a fortnight to deal with bed shortages.

It comes as Queensland’s medical leaders said the system was at breaking point with a lack of beds and staff, and inadequate health funding dating back more than 30 years.

A memo from Brisbane’s Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) chief executive said hospitals have been experiencing “increased demand” over the past weeks.

Elective surgery will be cancelled for category 2 and 3 patients, except for “long wait” category 2 patients who’ve been waiting for elective surgery more than 90 days.

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