Petition Update

Baillieu's health lottery: bed audit 1516 Victorian hospital beds closed

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch)

Feb 10, 2012 — The Baillieu Government had more than one and a half thousand public hospital beds closed across Victoria between 23 December 2011 and 25 January 2012.

The figure is more than double the number of beds nurses closed during the peak of their industrial action between 12 and 26 November 2011.

The beds, closed for all or part of the period between 23 December 2011 and 25 January 2012, included intensive care beds, paediatric beds, surgical beds, coronary care beds and sub-acute beds.

The Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) will publish the ‘Baillieu Government bed closure toll' regularly to ensure transparency and accountability in the lead up to any ‘new bed' announcements the Government makes to fulfil its election promise to open 800 new hospital beds.