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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3881

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - Mr Speaker,I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr HAYDEN - I claim to have been misrepresented and I would like to clarify the situation. I will state again that it seems a silly and endless sort of debate. The total demand for bed days - and that will be supplied by existing beds - will be the same under our scheme as now. There may be a change in the distribution of beds as between public ward services and non-public ward services. If the honourable gentleman for Hotham (Mr Chipp) accepts unquestioningly an assertion, which he does not seem to understand, that an additional 900 beds are required over the total number of beds available in Victoria then he is asserting bluntly that there is a very serious shortage of bed services in public hospitals in Victoria. I ask the question: 'Why did not his Government do something about this when it had the opportunity to do so?' He is misunderstanding the explanation.

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