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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (6 August) . .

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Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health's 2013-14 Annual report and December 2014 quarterly report bed numbers are correct and match the AIHW's national publications. The error occurred in response to QON 412 in relation to bed numbers for the years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. This was subsequently amended and provided to the Assembly in June 2015.

(2) ACT Health became aware of the error made in QON 412 when preparing and cross checking the response to QON 430.

(3) There is no error in the figures provided to the AIHW or other national publications regarding bed numbers.

(4) There is no error in the figures provided to the AIHW or other national publications regarding bed numbers. A report is not required.

(5) No error was made for the mentioned ACT Health publications. The error was only made in response to QON 412. Improved internal processes have been introduced to ensure QON responses are more thoroughly critiqued.

(6) Processes for reporting bed numbers for publicised reports are robust. However, improved internal processes have been introduced to ensure QON responses are more thoroughly critiqued.

(7) When reporting bed numbers in ACT Health reports and to the AIHW, beds are counted in accordance with the AIHW definition.

(8) The number of beds that ACT Health reports matches the number of beds reported by the AIHW for ACT Public Hospitals. However, ACT Health, for the purpose of operational reporting of bed occupancy rates, does use a different definition of "available beds' as per ACT Health's response to QON 380.

(9) No.

(10) No, ACT Health includes some same day beds in our total average available bed figures, as per the AIHW national definition. However, only overnight beds are factored into ACT Health's bed occupancy calculations.

(11) For the purpose of reporting bed numbers to the AIHW, ACT Health counts for same day, and non-same day beds. ACT Health's total available bed figure consists of 167 same day beds and 901 overnight beds, a total of 1,068 average available beds for the 2014 15 financial year.

(12) No, ACT Health includes some same day beds in our total average available bed figures, as per the AIHW national definition. However, only overnight beds are factored into ACT Health's bed occupancy calculations.

Hospitals—bed numbers (Question No 431)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 June 2015:


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