Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (13 May) . .
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
The Assembly met at 10 am.
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Hospitals—University of Canberra
MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.03): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that:
(a) in 2011 a Government report noted that current sub-acute hospital facilities are at the limit of their capacity and that the demand for sub-acute care will double by 2022;
(b) in 2011 the Canberra Liberals and the Government worked together in an inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Committee on Health, Community and Social Services which recommended that the government build a new sub-acute hospital on Canberra's north-side;
(c) in 2011 the Government identified the need for a 200 bed sub-acute hospital for North Canberra in its Options Analysis report;
(d) in January 2012 the Government announced the building of a new sub-acute hospital at the University of Canberra and released a paper "The New North Canberra Hospital" which said it would have 200 beds plus outpatient facilities;
(e) on 3 September 2012 the Canberra Liberals made an election commitment to build a new 200 overnight bed sub-acute University of Canberra Hospital which would open in 2017;
(f) the ACT government, its MLAs and senior officials have made repeated statements that the hospital would have 200 beds;
(g) on 26 February 2015 the Chief Minister in an answer to a question in the Legislative Assembly said the hospital will "comprise 140 overnight inpatient ... and 75 day places"; and
(h) the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation said that the reduction to 140 beds is a "glaring discrepancy in respect to the ACT Government commitment made in 2011"; and
(2) calls on the ACT Government not to cut 60 overnight beds from the new University of Canberra Hospital.