Section: Katy Gallagher, MLA | Media Releases
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health MLA, Katy Gallagher, has said that the conclusion of a six-week consultation on possible sites for a new north Canberra sub-acute hospital has highlighted community support for the plan.
The report assessed four potential sites: including the Calvary Hospital Campus, the University of Canberra, Gungahlin Town Centre, and Block 12 Section 78 Nicholls. The report identified the University of Canberra as the preferred site and public feedback was sought on the report's findings.
"The ACT Government has been undertaking consultation with the community since 20 January 2012, on the development of this exciting project which will deliver a purpose-built, contemporary facility for sub-acute services", the Chief Minister said.
"Nine responses to the consultation were received, three from organisations which included the Australian Nursing Federation (ACT Branch) the Healthcare Consumers' Association, and the Gungahlin Community Council.
"Key topics which were raised in responses included: availability of land, access to major arterial roads, transport time to hospital, access to public transport, population growth, proximity to other health care facilities, form of development (i.e. low rise), economic benefits to surrounding area, vehicle pollution, amenity, number of beds, services offered, education links and partnership with UC, the future health workforce, addressing needs of the broader community, and ownership of land.
"While there were differing views on the best location of the new sub-acute hospital, it is clear that there is support for another hospital being built in Canberra. Upon completion of the new sub-acute hospital, the Territory will have a network of three public hospitals with clearly delineated roles.
"Feedback received will be considered in further detail, with a final decision on the site for the new sub-acute Hospital to be taken in the near future and will consider the views provided by the community.
"The ACT Government has already invested upwards of $600 million in new state-of-the-art health and hospital facilities. The new Women's and Children's Hospital is nearing completion, we are building two new community health centres in Belconnen and Gungahlin, a new cancer centre, and just last week opened the new Adult Mental Health Unit.
"I am determined to ensure that the investments we are making in health deliver broader economic benefits to the Canberra community by creating linkages with business, industry and educational facilities, and it is these factors that we will take into consideration when we make our final decision on the location of the new sub-acute hospital," the Chief Minister concluded.
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