AMA's Public Hospital Report Card 2010

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said that there had been little improvement in public hospital capacity and performance despite significant extra Commonwealth funding as part of the National Healthcare Agreement and specific funding for an elective surgery "blitz".

The AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2010 is an analysis of the most recent publicly available national data on public hospital performance plus more recent feedback from doctors working in public hospitals in all States and Territories. Dr Pesce said the most telling finding of the report card is that there were only 11 new hospital beds opened across Australia during the 2008-09 reporting period which falls well short of the AMA's estimate that 3,870 additional beds are needed for the public hospital system to operate at a safe 85 per cent average bed occupancy rate

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