Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1582 ..
The interesting thing is that in the year 2003-04 the total number of surgeries, both in-patient and outpatient, was 309,244. The estimated number of surgeries for the year 2004-05—the current year—is 299,981, a drop of 9,263 surgeries across the board. So when Mr Corbell said, “Oh, but we are doing an extra 200 surgeries” he forgot to tell the Assembly, forgot to tell the people of Canberra, that they have cut back the total number of in-patient and outpatient services by 9,263.
I think the minister should correct the record, because the reality is that elective surgery is declining in the ACT. Despite the minister’s protests elective surgery, according to the latest figures, has dropped by 13 per cent at Calvary and by 8,000 surgeries at the Canberra Hospital.
The Assembly adjourned at 6.29 pm until Tuesday, 3 May 2005 at 10.30 am.