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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) What projects had been approved by the Australian Government in each State for supplementary grants under the Hospitals Development Program as at (a) 30 June 1975 and (b) 30 June 1976.

(2)   What sum had been committed to these projects in each of the States.

(3)   How many hospital beds will each of these projects provide upon completion.

(4)   What amount will be paid to each State under the program in 1976-77.

(5)   What projects in each State have been approved for funding under the program in 1976-77.

Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: 1(a). As at 30 June 1975 projects approved for Commonwealth Assistance under the Hospitals Development Program were as listed below:







































2(a) Federal funds under the Hospital Development Program are paid in respect of total State programs on hospital works, not against individual projects.

There is one exception: under special arrangements between the previous Federal government and Tasmania the Commonwealth agreed to fund 50 per cent of Stage One of the new Launceston General Hospital. Grants made to 30 June 1 976 totalled $732,933.

Amounts paid to each State by the Commonwealth under the program in 1974-75 were:


2 (b) Amounts paid to each State by the Commonwealth under the program in 1 975-76 were:


3.   It is difficult to estimate accurately the number of hospital beds which will ultimately be provided in new projects until each project is nearing completion.

Hospital building projects are subject to continual review. During the lengthy planning and construction period exact details of he completed project can vary significantly. Projects frequently include the partial replacement or the upgrading of existing beds as well as the addition of new beds.

My Department is currently in the process of obtaining updated figures on anticipated numbers of additional beds to be provided by projects supported under the Hospitals Development Program. I will advise the honourable member further when the up-dated information is available.

4.   The amount allocated to each State by the Commonwealth under the program in 1 976-77 is as follows:


5.   As final details of projects to be included for funding under the program are still in course of confirmation with the States, no list can be provided at this stage. However, when the 1976-77 list of approved projects is finalised I will make a copy available to the honourable member.

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