Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Expanding Hospital Services in the ACT - ACT Government discussion paper

The ACT Government has released a discussion paper on five options for enhancing hospital services in Canberra.  Each option would deliver an extra 400 beds and range in cost from about $690m to $795 million.  We are pleased to see that the HCCA proposal to include a sub-acute facility has been costed and included as an option (Option E).  Another option (B) is to consolidate services in a 'super hospital' at Woden but the Minister went on the record in early February saying that this is an unlikely option.

The discussion paper is a good start to the conversation and we encourage people to read the paper. This is available in the Community Consultation section of the ACT Health website. 

HCCA is interested to find out more about the type of beds that are being proposed.   We spoke with the ABC this week about this.  A story is available on the ABC website.

A six week consultation period will run from 25 February 2011 – 14 April 2011.  Community consultation fora will be announced soon.
 
This has been a long running issue.  The ACT Legislative Assembly referred to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services for inquiry and report the proposed four new options for future ownership and management arrangements of Calvary Public Hospital, put forward by the Minister for Health on 19 August 2010.  HCCA appeared before the Committee and made a submission (350 kb Pdf).  The Standing Committee will report to the the Legislative Assembly at the end of March.
 
HCCA is currently considering the discussion paper and will prepare a comprehensive response.  We are interested to hear your views.

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