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Notice given 5 September 2001

3872  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—

(1) Is it the case that the Chiltern Hospital in Victoria will receive $185 000 a year for support services from the Small Rural Hospitals Fund.

(2) When will this funding commence.

(3) Is the Minister aware that the Chiltern Hospital Committee of Management has advised that this support will not be adequate to avert closure of the hospital because of the number of older people in the hospital.

(4) What measures does the Government propose to adopt in the event of closure of the hospital.

(5) Will the Government consider providing a $55 a day operational subsidy to the hospital for these residents given that this is the only aged care option for these people; if not, why not.