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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3295..

Due to the small numbers involved vacancy rates can be very volatile and should be considered carefully.

(5) Plastic Surgery - A locum has been engaged to maintain services.

Anaesthesia VMO/Specialists - No impact on services

Intensive Care Registrars - No impact on services

Surgical registrars - No impact on services

Haematologist - A staff specialist resigned in August 2009. Recruitment to fill this position is complete. An additional permanent staff specialist was employed through this recruitment process. Between July 2009 and February 2010 there was a 5% reduction in Haematology outpatient occasions of service compared to the same period the previous year.

Emergency Specialists - No impact on services


(Question No 898)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 March 2010 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Health):

(1) How many public hospital beds were there in the ACT in March 2010.

(2) What was the daily average number of public hospital beds in the ACT for this financial year to date.

(3) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the number of beds referred to in part (1) in terms of the relevant classification used by ACT Health.

(4) Can the Minister provide, for each classification of bed referred to in part (3), the average daily (a) cost for a single bed, (b) staffing requirement for a single bed, including medical, administrative and general and (c) bed occupancy rate.

(5) What is the replacement capital cost of each bed.

(6) What is the marginal cost for an additional bed for each classification of bed.

Mr Corbell: I am advised that the answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There were a total of 942 public hospital beds in the ACT in March 2010.

(2) The average daily number of public hospital beds in the ACT for this financial year to date was 909.

(3) The breakdown of ACT public hospital beds is:

    • 60 subacute beds
    • 24 adult critical care beds
    • 24 neonatal specialised care beds
    • 834 acute beds

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