Chief Minister Stanhope is very excited that ACT Health is approaching mediocrity when it comes to hospital bed numbers:
“The Productivity Commission report shows ACT public hospitals equalled the major city average for number of beds per 1,000 people in 2008-09 of 2.5 beds. This was a marked improvement on the 2004-05 figure of 2.1 beds and approaching the overall national average of 2.6.
“This was achieved by the boost in the number of public hospital beds available at Canberra hospitals, up from 785 in 2006-07 to 875 in 2008-09, a much bigger jump than was reported nationally.
Of course a bed, of itself, can be picked up at a furniture store for a couple of hundred dollars. So it’s a pretty crude metric.