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The Calvary mess grows ever deeper

By johnboy - 19 May 2011 6

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.

“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.

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The Calvary mess grows ever deeper
LSWCHP 10:33 pm 23 May 11

Pommy bastard said :

the twice-owned Calvary Hospital which the ACT Taxpayer funds but the Pope in Rome decides what sort of medicine is performed inside.

PB bites tongue, bites tongue, bites tongue…

Knowing your views on organised religion (which are similar to mine) I’m surprised you haven’t chewed all the way through your tongue.

bd84 10:07 pm 20 May 11

Calvary are fully funded for staff costs, including their leave balances. It is, however, unlikely that the leave entitlements will be taken in full anytime in the short-term.

Pommy bastard 10:17 am 20 May 11

the twice-owned Calvary Hospital which the ACT Taxpayer funds but the Pope in Rome decides what sort of medicine is performed inside.

PB bites tongue, bites tongue, bites tongue…

Jane Proxy 10:10 am 20 May 11

54-11 said :

It’s absolutely extraordinary how all this crap keeps coming up. What’s wrong with ACT Health that they cannot manage the situation? LCM just keeps throwing these things up.

It’s time these useless bunch of Micks were kicked out of Calvary and it was taken back by the traditional owners (ie us, the ACT taxpayers).

Firstly, LCM didn’t throw this up. Amanda Bresnan did.

Secondly, it – oh, never mind. It’s not worth it.

54-11 8:13 pm 19 May 11

It’s absolutely extraordinary how all this crap keeps coming up. What’s wrong with ACT Health that they cannot manage the situation? LCM just keeps throwing these things up.

It’s time these useless bunch of Micks were kicked out of Calvary and it was taken back by the traditional owners (ie us, the ACT taxpayers).

Jane Proxy 4:20 pm 19 May 11

I’m waiting on Calvary ACT’s response to the insolvency comment.

Also, it may only be $100k difference, but I’d think the amount would stay the same through the course of one media release, let alone one paragraph.

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