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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 395


Mr Hodges (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 19 February 1980:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a letter to the editor which appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail of 4 October 1979, commenting on inadequate levels of staffing at Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital.

(2)   If so, what is the nursing staff /patient ratio at (a) Concord, (b) Heidelberg and (c) Greenslopes Repatriation Hospitals.

(3)   If the ratios between these hospitals vary, what is the significance of the variance.

(4)   For (a) Concord, (b) Heidelberg and (c) Greenslopes Hospitals what is (i) the percentage of veteran patients as compared with general public patients treated in the outpatients department, (ii) the percentage of veteran patients as compared with general public patients, (iii) the bed occupancy rates and (iv) the number of prescriptions that were dispensed for inpatients and outpatients for each of the last 5 financial years.


Mr Adermann (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Primary Industry) - I provided an answer to the honourable member's question on 13 May 1980 (Hansard, page 2682). The following additional information is submitted:

Information on outpatient attendances at Repatriation General Hospitals Concord (NSW) and Heidelberg (Vic), for the financial year 1978-79, (part 4 (i) of the question) is now available. In 1 978-79 76 per cent of outpatients treated at Concord were entitled veterans and 24 per cent were community patients. At Heidelberg 84.8 per cent of outpatients were entitled veterans and 15.2 per cent were community patients.







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