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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4771

Mr McKenzie (Diamond Valley) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Were 4 new nursing care wards opened at Mount Royal Hospital in October-November 1 973.

(2)   If so, was any Australian Government finance made available for the building of these new wards under any federal legislation; if so, what legislation.

(3)   Was there any specific provision under this legislation requiring that these facilities were to be provided for aged persons without means.

(4)   If so, how many beds in these new wards have been

(a)   allocated to and (b) used for aged persons without means since they were opened until now.

(5)   How many beds in these new wards have been allocated as (a) public, (b) intermediate and (c) private.

(6)   How many beds are currently being used as (a) public,

(b)   intermediate and (c) private.

(7)   Who has the authority to determine this proportion.

(8)   How many beds have there been in each of these new wards available for patients since they were opened.

Dr Everingham - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   1 understand that four new nursing care wards were opened at the Mount Royal Hospital in 1 973.

(2)   and (3) No finance was provided for the construction of these wards under the legislation administered by my Department. (4 to 8) This information is not available in my Department.

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