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ACT boosts hospital funding

Last week’s ACT budget committed funding for additional nurses and elective surgery operations.

Treasurer Andrew Barr has given the ACT's hospital system a massive $109.5 million boost despite strained finances.

Some $31.6 million has been allocated to meet growth in demand for acute services.

This includes $21.1 million for an additional 28 beds across the public hospital system.

A sum of $10.5 million has been allocated for four additional intensive-care beds.

The government is determined to reduce the amount of time patients have to wait in emergency areas.

New funding of $12.6 million will be used to employ more doctors and nurses and boost capacity in emergency departments.

Another $12.6 million will go towards surgical services, including funding for an extra 140 elective surgery operations and a new neuro-interventional coiling service at Canberra Hospital.

The new women's and children's hospital receives $12.1 million from the budget.


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