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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 841..


In relation to a review of funds paid to the A.C.T. by N.S.W. for health services and further to an article that appeared in the Canberra Chronicle on 16 December 2003 detailing plans by the Southern Area Health Service to the rate paid to the A.C.T. for health services, what input, if any, has the A.C.T. had in this review

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is -

The review referred to in The Chronicle article may be the negotiations between the ACT and NSW on arrangements for provision of cross border hospital services. No doubt, NSW Health and the Southern Area Health Service (SAHS) have carried out an internal review of the arrangement prior to these negotiations. Such internal reviews are part of good practice before entering into negotiations on any contract, especially one as substantial as this. The ACT Government cannot have input into an internal review by NSW Health of the price it pays to the ACT for health services. Similarly, the ACT would not seek NSW input into an internal review it made into cross border arrangements with NSW.

The ACT and NSW have commenced negotiations on the next cross border agreement on hospital services. The ACT Government is seeking an appropriate payment for ACT public hospital services to NSW residents, and does not intend to negotiate a price reduction for those services. The ACT is also seeking improved cooperation in the management of cross border flows.

Hospitals-locum recruitment

(Question No 1249)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to recruitment of locums at the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital:

(1) How many (a) locums and (b) doctors were recruited from overseas to work at the (i) Canberra Hospital and (ii) Calvary Public Hospital during 2002 and 2003;

(2) What was the total cost of recruiting these (a) locums and (b) doctors to work in the public hospital system during 2002 and 2003;

(3) What countries did the overseas doctors recruited as (a) locums and (b) doctors during 2002 and 2003 come from.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

1. From 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 locums and doctors recruited from overseas to work in the ACT at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public hospital are outlined in Table 1 below:


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