Don’t cut 60 hospital beds to fund light rail

The Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT Labor government not to cut 60 beds from the new University of Canberra (UC) Hospital. The government should build a facility with 200 beds as was originally proposed, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.

“The government has reneged on its plans to provide 200 beds at the new UC Hospital reducing that number to 140. The 60 bed cut is disingenuous and demonstrates short term thinking from Simon Corbell,” Mr Hanson said.

“The Canberra Hospital is full and enormous pressure is being placed on the ACT Health system. Now is not the time for the ACT government to be falling short on its health commitments.

“ACT Labor has a poor record when it comes to building adequate infrastructure and the government needs to get the UC Hospital capacity right from the beginning. Canberra’s jail was full the day it opened and we can’t afford to have a capacity shortfall from day one with the UC Hospital. It will only make it more expensive to fix later.

“The government is spending irresponsibly on Simon Corbell’s and Shane Rattenbury’s light rail project and the government should consider the needs of more vital infrastructure.

“The government needs to build a facility with 200 beds and not cut hospital beds to pay for light rail,” Mr Hanson concluded.