Calvary Public Hospital Options

The ACT Government welcomes the report from the Standing Committee Enquiry on Calvary Public Hospital Options.

The report demonstrates that the Territory has a need for additional beds in order to meet the increased demand for services and recognises that these beds need to be accommodated within existing infrastructure or through a new purpose built hospital.

Government Response to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services - Report No. 5 of 2011 – Calvary Public Hospital Options.

The report demonstrates that the Territory has a need for additional beds in order to meet the increased demand for services and recognises that these beds need to be accommodated within existing infrastructure or through a new purpose built hospital.

I am pleased that the committee also noted that need to resolve the complications associated with having two separate management structures for the public hospitals, in particular relating to different operating procedures.

The Government will continue to negotiate with the Little Company of Mary Health Care to finalise the details and decisions that will enable further progression of the expansion of public hospital services across the Territory.

The report makes seven recommendations dealing with issues such as role delineation; future negotiations and agreements with Calvary; public private partnerships for new construction; and support for option D or E in the discussion and consultation paper. The Territory has agreed to 6 of the seven recommendations and will progress those items not already underway.

A detailed analysis of the recommendations and the Territory’s response is attached.

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