Calvary pursuing genuine negotiation with ACT Government
24th May 2023
Calvary is continuing to pursue genuine negotiations with the ACT Government over its proposed compulsory acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.
Since, the Health Infrastructure Enabling Bill 2023 and associated regulations were introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 11 May, 2023, Calvary has been considering its legal options while maintaining its relationship with the Territory currently governed by the Calvary Network Agreement.
Calvary has still not received any meaningful options for resolving the negotiations, including retained service delivery or compensation, despite a meeting with ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith last Thursday.
“We remain hopeful the ACT Government will give Calvary this matter appropriate consideration and provide options beyond the legislation. Our people deserve this,” said Calvary’s National Chief Executive, Martin Bowles.
“This legislation could be enacted as early as next Wednesday, and yet we seem to be at an impasse with the ACT Government choosing to double down on its proposed legislation filled with draconian measures.”
“Calvary has 76 years left on our contract, which is part of our long-term business planning and the ACT Government cannot simply take that away from our overall business without impacting our services more broadly,” said Mr Bowles.