Legislative Council: Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Hospital Bed Commitment and Staffing

18 The Hon. S.G. WADE ().6 July 2022).

1. In relation to the Malinauskas government's commitment to 310 hospital beds, for each set of beds at each hospital, what type of care will be provided through the beds in terms of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare METeOR identifier, namely:

Acute care

Rehabilitation care

Palliative care

Geriatric evaluation and management

Psychogeriatric care

Maintenance care

Newborn care

Mental health care

Other admitted patient care?

2. Under the Nursing/Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2020, what level of staffing would be required for each set of beds?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has advised:

1. The member is advised to refer to the state budget documents which outline our government's commitments regarding bed allocations.

2. Consideration of nursing ratios form part of the implementation strategy.