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ACT Government looking to buy out Calvary Hospital

By johnboy - 21 April 2009 24

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?

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ACT Government looking to buy out Calvary Hospital
Mr Evil 10:21 am 22 Apr 09

bd84 said :

Well Katy does need a new project to run into the ground. Canberra Hospital – goal achieved successfully. The ACT Budget – task nearing completion. Calvary Hospital – extra challenge, need to purchase first, then run into ground.

You’re only attacking her because she’s a woman, and a mother!

Sexist pig. 🙂

housebound 10:12 am 22 Apr 09

oops – $100 to BUY the facility.

housebound 10:11 am 22 Apr 09

I find this whole proposal rather odd, to say the least. From the CT, it seems the ACT Government spends about $100 million a year on operating costs of the public part of Calvary. They then want to spend an extra one-off payment of $100 million to but the facility, so they can then continue to spend $100 million per year on operating costs.

For this, we get no new beds, no improvement in facilities. And the Government gets to pay $100 million for a second-hand facility, when they could build a new one for that price ($90 million on a women and children’s hospital wasn’t it?).

But the $100 million operating costs will go into a different place in the budget – so somehow it won’t count anymore, and somehow the $100 million doesn’t count against the bottom line at all. If ever there was a case for a benefit cost analysis, this would have to be it.

Failing a business case to actually emerge, it seems to me that $100 million is the price-tage on ideology because all we get for the money is to remove the Catholics. In that case, since ideology is priceless, the nuns should be asking for a lot more.

mutley 10:00 am 22 Apr 09

PS: what is the collective noun for nurses?

A naughty of nurses?

Igglepiggle 7:45 am 22 Apr 09

BerraBoy68 said :

Igglepiggle said :

And matters pertaining to contraception. It seems madness that you can’t get your tubes tied while your belly is already open for your caesarean section…

Never thought of that but the idea of such a proceedure seems to make sense (other than having zip inserted in your belly). Is there a medical reason for this?

Personally, I think having IVF etc. open to those that need it is a great thing. Enough of this church claptrap of denying such services on ‘religious’ grounds.

Nope, no medical reason, and commonly done at the other public hospital in town when requested. Its just that the pope doesn’t like it.

sepi said :

It is normal practice to get tubes tied as part of a caesarian, if the woman has finished her family.

It is poor practice to have two major operations when everywhere else in Australia you’d only have one. (Two in ACT = caesar in private catholic hospital, then tubes tied in public)

Absolutely. However, its not the private hospital decision I take issue with- the nuns can do what they like with their private dollars, its when they make religious based decisions with public dollars I’m concerned (you can’t get it done at Calvary Public either). And yes, a second operation has all the added of risks of a second procedure, plus adds to the waiting list …

bd84 10:04 pm 21 Apr 09

Well Katy does need a new project to run into the ground. Canberra Hospital – goal achieved successfully. The ACT Budget – task nearing completion. Calvary Hospital – extra challenge, need to purchase first, then run into ground.

BerraBoy68 9:00 pm 21 Apr 09

sexynotsmart said :

PS: what is the collective noun for nurses?

A plaster?

sepi 8:58 pm 21 Apr 09

It is normal practice to get tubes tied as part of a caesarian, if the woman has finished her family.

It is poor practice to have two major operations when everywhere else in Australia you’d only have one. (Two in ACT = caesar in private catholic hospital, then tubes tied in public)

sexynotsmart 8:53 pm 21 Apr 09

I hadn’t scored with a nurse until I came to Canberra. In the early noughties, Filthy McFadden’s was the regular hangout for a funlovin’ group. Happy memories.

But I should return to the topic… You know it’s a weird day when you agree with Johnboy in successive RiotAct posts.

Private hospitals do play a different role. And I think we should applaud if the current Calvary operators construct a new facility. Australia could save the price of a stimulus package if day/shortstay procedures were managed solely by private health.

PS: what is the collective noun for nurses?

trickster 5:09 pm 21 Apr 09

Screw paying these nuns. Nationlise the hospital!

Send in the robotic Katy Gallaghers.

daddy 4:08 pm 21 Apr 09

Why not spend some of the much discussed training budget on sending some people from TCH to watch how Calvary is run for a while, then get them back to Woden and see if they can get the hospital they already have running properly before buying another. I make this comment based on too much experience of both.

BerraBoy68 3:18 pm 21 Apr 09

Igglepiggle said :

And matters pertaining to contraception. It seems madness that you can’t get your tubes tied while your belly is already open for your caesarean section…

Never thought of that but the idea of such a proceedure seems to make sense (other than having zip inserted in your belly). Is there a medical reason for this?

Personally, I think having IVF etc. open to those that need it is a great thing. Enough of this church claptrap of denying such services on ‘religious’ grounds.

johnboy 3:08 pm 21 Apr 09

Er, no Ray, probably not.

Private hospitals perform very different roles from a general public hospital (generally picking out the easy and lucrative work).

My understanding is that calvary had to be extensively modified to perform its current role.

RayP 3:05 pm 21 Apr 09

The ABC News website says that “The owner of Calvary, the Little Company of Mary, says it would use money from the sale to build a new private hospital”.

Doesn’t this mean that the Calvary “Public Hospital” would then become the second rate “hand me down” hospital?

If it makes sense for the Little Company of Mary to build a new hospital, why would it make sense for the ACT Government to buy the old hospital rather than build a new hospital?

Igglepiggle 2:39 pm 21 Apr 09

And matters pertaining to contraception. It seems madness that you can’t get your tubes tied while your belly is already open for your caesarean section…

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