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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1303

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator would not be in order in dealing with that matter as it is not covered by the estimates before the Committee.

Senator DITTMER(Queensland) [8.331. - 1 have several questions to ask concerning the Canberra Community Hospital. I did not want to embarrass the Minister for Customs and Excise because I know that he is acting for the Minister for Health (Senator Wade) in this debate. He is closely concerned with health matters and has done very good work for the Ryde Hospital. When I asked a question concerning the services rendered in Canberra, I just wanted to know whether the Canberra Community

Hospital is regarded as a hospital to serve only the interests of private practitioners. The Minister need only have answered in simple terms that it does not supply the needs only of private practitioners. Are there any visiting specialists serving the Canberra Community Hospital on an honorary basis? If so, how many are there? In what fields of medical endeavour do they serve? What is the attendance at the hospital of outpatients who pay no fee or only a nominal fee? Surely it should be a simple matter to answer those questions. If the Minister cannot supply the information tonight, surely he could do so before 5th December.

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