Another day, another failure on health service delivery

johnboy 24 February 2009 31

Jeremy Hanson is having another poke at the seemingly hapless Katy Gallagher.

It seems that her fully worked out plans for a secure mental health facility at The Canberra Hospital and a Young Persons unit at Calvary Hospital were both vapourised by reality when it came time to figure out where they were going to fit.

    “This Government is about to commence a $1 Billion hospital upgrade project, and they stood hand on heart before the last election detailing how they were going to spend taxpayers dollars. The Government created the impression that the development had been fully planned, sited and costed.

    “Now it appears that the TCH precinct is not an appropriate site for the Secure Unit and the Young Persons Unit can not proceed at Calvary as the Government promised.

Well, you’ve got to have aspirations.


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54-11 54-11 9:27 am 26 Feb 09

FJ, Numpty is a term of endearment or affection, as in “Numpty Jon” and “Numpty Katie”.

poptop poptop 3:53 pm 25 Feb 09

FJ, Wiktionary is your friend and can provide extensive definitions; including for numpties.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 3:50 pm 25 Feb 09

thanks for the grammar lesson, but I did plurals in skool. I want a definition.

Thumper Thumper 3:48 pm 25 Feb 09

Plural Mr Jesus, plural….

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 3:16 pm 25 Feb 09

what’s a numptie? Or is that ‘numpty’?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:38 am 25 Feb 09

Thumper said :

It is getting increasingly clear that these numpties have no idea….

it has been perfectly clear that these numpties have had no idea for the last five years…

Thumper Thumper 10:22 am 25 Feb 09

It is getting increasingly clear that these numpties have no idea….

miz miz 10:17 am 25 Feb 09

Bring back ‘No Self Government’ – honestly, they are such a predictable bunch of doofuses
It’s so frustrating to watch this kind of trumped up incompetence occur again and again.

gun street girl gun street girl 8:43 am 25 Feb 09

cranky said :

Apparently the building itself would probably have fitted in OK, but as a secure unit it requires cleared areas around the building perimeter, and inside the escape proof fence. Simply too big a footprint.

Sounds like designs for a forensic unit, rather than a garden-variety locked unit. Am not sure if the original plans encompassed a forensic unit – does anyone know?

FWIW, I think they’d be better off re-shuffling the grand plan on the TCH campus so that the facility can be kept there, rather than being taken off site. Perhaps nix the stupid “medi-hotel” idea and take that site for the mental health facility?

cranky cranky 7:46 am 25 Feb 09

Apparently the building itself would probably have fitted in OK, but as a secure unit it requires cleared areas around the building perimeter, and inside the escape proof fence. Simply too big a footprint.

Allows a clear shot at escapees I guess, without upsetting the pedestrians outside the fence.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:30 am 25 Feb 09

The biggest puzzle for me is how, after all the blather on the new ward, how they got so far before someone slapped their forehead and said; “it’s not going to fit is it?”

Granny Granny 12:03 am 25 Feb 09

Yes, and what’s that got to do with not building the youth thing at Calvary?

poptop poptop 11:46 pm 24 Feb 09

There are limits to how many stories of drinking and/or incompetence and/or delusions of grandeur non-Canberrans can bear. Of course, my sister lives in Matt Brown’s electorate in NSW and so she always has that trump up her sleeve.

What precisely do they mean by saying the TCH “not an appropriate site”? Not appropriate how?

Granny Granny 11:16 pm 24 Feb 09

On the bright side, they do make for witty dinner party anecdotes when you have interstate visitors to entertain ….

poptop poptop 10:54 pm 24 Feb 09

Perhaps we southsiders just enjoy a good laugh, jimbo.

Part of the problem is the absence of any sensible electoral choices out this way. I was reduced to writing “None of the above, please. They are all unacceptable.” on my last ballot.

As we are trained to be sheople, many just revert to names they know in the Party their Dad voted for. ~Sigh~

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 10:36 pm 24 Feb 09

gallagher is fricking hopeless, and her incompetence is realised day by day. Sadly, the victims are my fellow Canberrans.

jimbocool jimbocool 9:38 pm 24 Feb 09

I do believe that the Libs suggested, some time ago, that a secure mental health facility should be part of the jail precinct – they were poo-poohed by Simon Corbell who claimed that Labor would be putting one on the TCH instead. In this instance JB, I can, with hand on heart say that the Libs had a policy (quite a good one actually) on mental health of which this was but a part. Another part was about benchmarking the MH spend at 12% of the overall health spend, which was, guess what, also abandoned recently by Labor.

Poptop, while I agree with your remarks, it still doesn’t explain why all those people vote for him

poptop poptop 6:27 pm 24 Feb 09

On behalf of the Brindabella electorate, I would like to apologise to all of the ACT for the election Mr Hargreaves onto you all.

I have no adequate excuses to offer.

But remember, it took The Chief to make him a Minister!!

imhotep imhotep 6:15 pm 24 Feb 09

johnboy said :

“Because unless the tories can present candidates people in Canberra actually want to vote for it’ll be a Green Government that finally brings down Labor.”

So johnboy, you reckon the ‘tories’ could be worse than this lot? How could anyone be worse?

This is a town where more than 5000 people put the odious John Hargreaves as their number one pick at the recent election. Go figure.

johnboy johnboy 5:59 pm 24 Feb 09

goose said :

Katy Gallagher + Stanhopeless = incompetence, yet Canberran’s voted this incompetent team back in.

I’m sure you meant to say “and yet the Liberals managed to present an alternative that was even worse”.

Because unless the tories can present candidates people in Canberra actually want to vote for it’ll be a Green Government that finally brings down Labor.

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