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ACT secures $2.5 million for hospitals

By Thumper - 15 January 2008 19

The Canberra Times is reporting that the ACT has secured $2.5 million in funding from the federal government to boost hospitals, and moreso elective surgery.

Treasurers and health ministers met yesterday in Brisbane to carve up $150million, which is the first instalment in the Federal Government’s $600million push to slash elective surgery waiting lists.

I did hear rumours that Stanhope was pushing for around $4 million but this appears to be a good start.

Will we see a reduction or not? That remains to be seen.

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pelican 7:48 pm 15 Jan 08

One of the biggest problems is retaining nursing staff. Many leave because they don’t feel they can administer adequate health care under pressure of reduced numbers per shift and an emphasis on admin rather than frontline care. If this money can go some way to increasing nursing shortages this would assist in reducing waiting lists. Of course another problems is recruiting enough skilled doctors to perform these operations and a reduction in the length of shift hours to ensure tired and overworked surgeons are not operating on the sick in a potentially russian roulette scenario.

Good to see some money thrown at the problem but history will tell if the money was well directed.

David MacCormack 6:34 pm 15 Jan 08

Absolutely – under Kevin Rudd, everything is getting dozens of KPIs and benchmarked to within an inch – (oldspeak) – of its life. The consultancy to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of any new funding should consume at least half of it, or it’s not a genuinely rigorous assessment. And staff overhead, training and accommodation should take up the rest.

Skidbladnir 5:05 pm 15 Jan 08

“We spent the money telling you where we spent the money. Can we have more?”

roccon 4:53 pm 15 Jan 08

ps. Compliance reporting to show how the money is spent will probably eat up a fair whack too.. red tape is a hungry worm

Thumper 3:57 pm 15 Jan 08

$2.5 million won’t even make a dent in anything.

Mr Evil 3:35 pm 15 Jan 08

Why dont they hire Bruce Indoor arena for a weekend and have a surgery-a-thon, and the doctor who performs the most procedures in 48 hours recieves an all expenses paid 4 week holiday to Paris?

Mælinar 3:15 pm 15 Jan 08

$2.5 million is a lot of anything, unless you are talking about Lambroghini’s.

I’d rather the money was spent on people receiving better quality of life after enduring continual erosions to hospital service under the last government, rather than fixing up the smashed out teeth of some dickhead who decided to headbutt his steering wheel at 180km/hr at a fortunate time.

roccon 3:10 pm 15 Jan 08

More overtime to get the Elective Surgery list down should also chew up the extra money fairly quickly…….Agency nurses don’t come cheap…… (Nursing Agencies rub there hands with glee)

GnT 2:56 pm 15 Jan 08

To my knowledge operating theatres are currently wokring at capacity. What is required is long term funding for the ACT to increase theatre space, as well as funding for staff to provide the services once the bricks and mortar are available.

Will be interesting to see how this money is carved up between acute and community services as well as between Calvary and TCH. It will then be
very interesting to see if Allied Health (OT, physio, speech path, dietetics, medical imaging, pharmacy) receive extra funding for the extra services required or if inadequately funded and staffed services are further stretched.

VYBerlinaV8 2:22 pm 15 Jan 08

(My last post was supposed to appear straight after Santa’s, bugger…)

VYBerlinaV8 2:19 pm 15 Jan 08

… like essential surgery? If you’re that worried about elective surgery, go buy private health cover.

roccon 2:14 pm 15 Jan 08

Do both Calvary and Canberra Hospital have spare capacity in the Theaters for the extra operations, the nursing staff, doctors, beds on the wards etc ????

What use is money if the hospitals are running at capacity ? Will the ACT Gov contract the smaller private hospitals to do the work ??

S4anta 2:11 pm 15 Jan 08

or the govt has misallocated commonwelath elective surgery funding for other things…

Snahons_scv6_berlina 2:06 pm 15 Jan 08

If the money is to help clear waiting lists, then this would imply
– That doctors actually have the free time to perform the surgeries.
– Therefore they couldn’t be arsed doing the surgeries at the current fees.
– Therefore they must be making enough money to afford the luxury of “free time”.
– Therefore they’re greedy because the “extra” money is incentive enough to give this free time.
– Therefore the govt doesn’t have the balls to stand up to them.

S4anta 1:43 pm 15 Jan 08

The funding that this covers is to clear the elective surgeries list. The cash will cover the specialists fees to get people looked after. It isnt for infrastructure. Just casg to pay doctors to cure the sick.

Thumper 1:32 pm 15 Jan 08

Hmm, I thought this issue would have received more comments.

captainwhorebags 12:34 pm 15 Jan 08

The money will be used to hire more doctors that are currently hanging around Centrelink shopfronts waiting for more doctor jobs to open up.

GnT 11:27 am 15 Jan 08

How will this money be distributed? The article mentions opening another operating theatre so more people can have surgery, but what about the services that go along with those surgeries, like physio and occupational therapy. Will they also get a funding boost?

Mælinar 11:07 am 15 Jan 08

This is probably a bad journalism point – but do they necessarily need to use the word ‘slash’ in the same sentence as ‘elective surgery’ ?

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