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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2879


Senator MESSNER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that under the new restrictive nursing home guidelines the Minister for Health expects no increase in the rate of opening beds over the next 12 months;

(b) expresses its concern that this rate of opening will not meet the increased demand due to the imposition of the 35 day rule for insured patients in hospitals; and

(c) calls on the Government to take immediate steps to relieve the severe pressure on the sick, elderly and their families caused by the Government's mishandling of this matter.