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Monday, 28 February 2011
Page: 1776

Debate resumed on motion byMr Secker:

That this House:

(1)   recognises the important role that community hospitals play in the lives of regional communities and in providing early access to care for life threatening conditions and trauma;

(2)   condemns the South Australian Government for deciding in its 2010 State Budget to cut funding to three community hospitals in regional areas;

(3)   recognises the critical role that the Keith and District Hospital Inc., Moonta Health and Aged Care Service Inc. and the Ardrossan Community Hospital Inc. plays in the lives of those living and travelling in regional South Australia; and

(4)   calls on the Government to:

(a)   reduce the National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payment to the South Australian Government by $1 046 000 in 2011-12;

(b)   index the above amount by the growth factor contained in Schedule D of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations;

(c)   make a direct financial transfer to the Keith and District Hospital Inc. of $600,000 and annually index this amount by the growth factor contained in the Intergovernmental Agreement;

(d)   make a direct financial transfer of $300,000 to the Moonta Health and Aged Care Service Inc. and annually index this amount by the growth factor contained in the Intergovernmental Agreement; and

(e)   make a direct financial transfer to the Ardrossan Community Hospital Inc. of $146,000 and annually index this amount by the growth factor contained in the Intergovernmental Agreement.