The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is having a poke at the twice-owned Calvary Hospital which the ACT Taxpayer funds but the Pope in Rome decides what sort of medicine is performed inside.
Both the Little Company of Mary and the ACT Government claim ownership of the assett on their balance sheets, but who’s up for the liabilities?
ACT Greens Health spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA, questioned the Health Minister on a $15.6m liability that Calvary operator, Little Company of Mary, claims ACT Health is responsible for. The $15.5m liability is not reflected in the ACT Budget.
“Someone is responsible for the $15.6m worth of leave entitlements for Calvary Health workers, and we can’t have a situation where Calvary can simply write it off,” Ms Bresnan said.
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“Calvary have received full cost funding from the ACT Government to run public health services, and that includes staffing. One would think that leave entitlements should have been covered as part of that.
“Adding to the concern is that Calvary was ‘technically insolvent’ (having greater current liabilities than current assets) to the tune of $6.6m as at 30 June 2010 with the leave liability included in their balance sheet.
“We’re not expecting a cessation of services any time soon, however, it’s not a good practice to have a substantial financial liability not being covered.
“I raised this issue in estimates with the hope that the Government and Calvary can resolve the issue and the money can be properly accounted for,” Ms Bresnan said.