It’s been a little mad that for a number of years one of Canberra’s two public hospitals has been privately owned.
The ABC informs us that our Government is now planning to sort this out by buying the hospital from the Little Company of Mary.
The LCM would then build a new private hospital, which would also be excellent news, and Calvary could be used for matters relating to IVF and abortion.
One almost wonders why it took so long?
UPDATED: The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is surprised by this news and want to know a lot more about the deal:
- “This proposal potentially presents a significant cost to the ACT taxpayer and it remains to be seen where this additional funding will come from. Before the Opposition would support any plan to buy Calvary, the Health Minister must answer the following questions:
What is the full cost of buying Calvary Hospital? What impact will this have on Ms Gallagher’s plan for seven years of budget deficits? What other health services will be compromised to fund this takeover? What of the urgent priorities that already exist within our health system? What are the longer term cost implications of running and upgrading Calvary? Will the same level of service currently offered at Calvary be sustained if the hospital is publically run?