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Thursday, 31 March 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 5

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.01): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 23 September 2010, I present the following report:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 5—Calvary Public Hospital Options, dated 28 March 2011, including dissenting comments (Mr Doszpot), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Assembly referred the inquiry to the committee on 23 September 2010 based on the four options put forward by the minister in August 2010. The four options referred to the committee were: (1) the Little Company of Mary maintains the crown lease on the land with the establishment of a new activity funding agreement; (2) the ACT government proceeds with the network agreement in its current form; (3) the ACT government assists the Little Company of Mary Health Care in developing a stand-alone private hospital as a public-good investment; and (4) the ACT government builds a new acute public hospital on Canberra’s north side.

Then on 25 February 2011 the minister released a discussion paper outlining in greater detail five new options, which are currently still the subject of public consultation. It should be noted that these new options were also sent to the committee by the minister only on the day of its public release on 25 February. The five new options were a variation of the previous four, but excluded any mention of the future of Calvary Private Hospital. Based on the addition of 400 new hospital beds, these were: No 1 option, option A—expand TCH and CPH by 200 beds each; option B—consolidation of 400 beds at TCH; option C—a new 200-bed north side hospital on a greenfield site and 200 beds at TCH; option D—a new 400-bed acute hospital and CPH converted to a subacute hospital; and option E—a new 200-bed subacute hospital and 200 beds at CPH.

The committee received 18 submissions from doctors, unions, community groups, individuals, the ACT government, Calvary Health Care and the Little Company of Mary Health Care. Namely, they were from Dr Peter French, Mr Mark Rolfe, the Community and Public Sector Union, Dr David Dickson, Mr Keith Sayers, Calvary Health Care ACT, Save Calvary Group, Mr Peter O’Keeffe, LCMHC and Archdiocese Canberra and Goulburn and Catholic Health Australia—there was a joint

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