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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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Ian 7:04 pm 23 Apr 09

oops sorry – dropped the f bomb.

Ian 7:03 pm 23 Apr 09

I’ve had only good experiences at Calvary – both private and public. Hopefully if the govt purchases it they don’t fuck it up (however, I suspect that is a forlorn hope).

gun street girl 5:26 pm 23 Apr 09

RayP said :

Thanks for that OCMC.

It’s interesting that Calvary have better operating facilities but are sending surgery cases to TCH.

TCH is planning to re-haul its operating theatres (at great expense) in its upgrade. Calvary has always had the lion’s share of elective surgery cases (helped along by aggressive recruitment of surgeons), but TCH has always been the main centre for trauma and complex cases. It has a bigger ED, a bigger and more powerful ICU, and a much greater and broader medical support. It would be difficult to expand to complex and trauma services at Calvary, given that it’s already well established at TCH.

RayP 12:22 pm 23 Apr 09

Thanks for that OCMC.

It’s interesting that Calvary have better operating facilities but are sending surgery cases to TCH.

It’s also interesting that one can learn about things bit by bit from discussions on Riotact.

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