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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 142..

In addition 66 applications are awaiting final assessment and category assignment on the new register as at 11 January 2007. It should be noted that none of the 66 applications are from applicants who had previously been approved for allocation at EAC1 under the previous eligibility criteria.

National Capital Private Hospital

(Question No 1448)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, on 13 December 2006:

(1) When was the arrangement entered into whereby ACT Health gained access to 10 beds owned by the National Capital Private Hospital;

(2) How long will this arrangement remain in place;

(3) Are the beds being leased; if not, what is the arrangement that gives ACT Health access to these beds;

(4) What is the cost of each bed and how has this cost been determined;

(5) Are there any costs related in the use of these beds that remain the responsibility of the National Capital Private Hospital;

(6) What arrangements have been made to provide staff for these beds;

(7) What arrangements have been put in place to accommodate any of the patients of the National Capital Private Hospital who have now lost access to a bed;

(8) Can the National Capital Private Hospital regain access to these beds if there is a change in circumstances for that hospital; if so, what are these circumstances; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The arrangement commenced on 17 October 2006.

(2) The initial agreed period was for 3 months with an option to extend if required. This option has now been exercised for a further 3-month period, pending completion of the new Medical Assessment and Planning Unit at The Canberra Hospital (TCH) which has an anticipated completion date of April 2007.

(3) TCH has purchased the bed days from the National Capital Private Hospital (NCPH).

(4) The agreed cost is $520 per bed per day plus GST with a 5% discount for early payment.

(5) The cost is inclusive of all associated costs for a bed.

(6) NCPH is providing the nursing staff and ward services staff. The patients remain under the care of the medical staff of the TCH treating inpatient team and are recorded on the TCH patient administration system as TCH patients.

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