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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 132

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   What is the bed capacity of Concord Reptriation Hospital, New South Wales.

(2)   How many beds were occupied ' during the months of March and April 1972.

(3)   What was the reason for the failure to use all available beds.


Minister for Repatriation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   After allowing for ward buildings now used for paramedical and administrative purposes, or at present out of commission due to cyclical maintenance and staged restoration projects (which are likely to continue over some years), the total patient capacity of Concord Repatriation Hospital, New South Wales, as at 26th April 1972 was 1,112. Of this figure 998 beds were available in wards open for use; the remaining 114 beds were in wards closed but equipped to be opened for immediate use.

(2)   Hie average number of beds occupied daily during the 4 weeks ended 7th April 1972, was 912 and during the 4 weeks ended 5th May 1972, was 926. However, the maximum numbers occupied on any one day during these periods were 973 and 995 respectively.

(3)   The 114 beds in closed but equipped wards are available for use when required. However there could be difficulties in staffing them at the present time.

Repatriation is currently meeting all of its hospitalisation responsibilities in New South Wales with the bed availability mentioned above.

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