Calvary: Exploring Negotiations with ACT or Legal Options for Resolution

In relation to its proposed compulsory acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Calvary has stated that it is engaging in genuine negotiations with the ACT Government as well as considering legal options.

Despite meeting with ACT health minister Rachel Stephen-Smith on Thursday, Calvary’s national chief executive Martin Bowles stated that he had still not received any meaningful options for resolving the negotiations, including retained service delivery or compensation.

Mr. Bowles stated, “We remain hopeful the ACT Government will give Calvary the appropriate consideration for this matter and provide options beyond the legislation.” This is what our people deserve.

The ACT government asserts that Calvary negotiations were unsuccessful (11 May), and a new northside hospital will be constructed on the site of Calvary Public Hospital (10 May). Work Greens affliction to endure – Calvary takeover (20 May)
AMA: On May 22, the ACT Government ignored the Calvary doctors. On May 22, the Belco Party condemned the acquisition of Calvary. On May 31, prior to the acquisition on July 3, hospital staff will begin transferring to Canberra Health Services. Ms Stephen-Smith presented the Wellbeing Framework Empowering Bill recently to obligatorily get the public medical clinic site, and the Demonstration Government consented to discuss the Bill before any panel request or report.

“This regulation could be established as soon as next Wednesday, but we are by all accounts at a stalemate with the Demonstration Government deciding to twofold down on its proposed regulation loaded up with draconian measures,” Mr Bowles said.

Mr. Bowles stated that Calvary is currently adhering to the Calvary Network Agreement in its relationship with the Territory.

“Calvary has 76 years left on our agreement, which is important for our drawn out business arranging, and the Demonstration Government can’t just remove that from our general business without affecting our administrations all the more extensively,” Mr Bowles said.

Ms. Stephen-Smith commented, We believe that a single network health system is the best option for the Territory, so the ACT Government made this decision.

“We prompted Calvary last April that assuming we couldn’t agree, we would consider enacting to procure the land expected to fabricate the new emergency clinic.

“Throughout the transition, the ACT Government will continue to work respectfully and collaboratively with Calvary to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and patients,”
Source – Canberraweekly

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