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The Board will:

Provide advice to the Minister, professions and public about matters relevant to the nursing and midwifery professions.

Deal with registered nurses and midwives who contravene the required standard of practice or who do not satisfy the suitability to practice requirements.

Provide information to allow the laying of charges against people who commit offences against the Act.

Provide information to confirm whether or not someone is a registered nurse or midwife.

Nurses and Midwives can expect to receive assurance that:

Their colleagues have attained the minimum education standards of education preparation, skill, knowledge and experience required for registration/enrolment.

Accredited education courses meet defined standards.

Nursing and midwifery standards of practice are endorsed.

The continuing competence of nurses and midwives is promoted and monitored.

Hospitals—bed numbers
(Question No 2054)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) What is the current unstaffed bed capacity at (a) Calvary Public Hospital and (c) The Canberra Hospital (TCH);

(2) How many (a) acute care, (b) medical, (c) surgical, (d) orthopaedic and (e) rehabilitation beds are currently in use at (i) Calvary Public Hospital and (ii) TCH;

(3) How many wards are still not being fully utilised for medical purposes at (a) Calvary Public Hospital and (b) TCH;

(4) Can the Minister advise what was the number of patients who had private health cover and who entered the public hospital system and utilised public beds during (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f) 2007-08 to date; if not, why not.

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

(1) Our public hospitals do not operate within a static environment. The number of beds within our public hospitals that are not being used changes in relation to demand for services.

The Government funded ACT Health for the addition of 21 beds in 2007-08, with a further 25 beds to be added in 2008-09. Some minor works are involved in utilising current spaces within our hospitals to provide for these beds. However, there is limited capacity to increase the bed capacity at Calvary Public Hospital or The Canberra Hospital beyond current levels within the current available infrastructure.

(2) (i) At Calvary Public Hospital at the end of May 2008 there were:

(a) 111 acute care overnight medical and surgery beds, (b) 61 medical beds, (c,d) 38 surgical beds which include orthopaedic surgery beds; and (e) 40 rehabilitation beds.

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