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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 843..


In relation to security at Calvary Public Hospital and further to your response to Question on notice No 1212 which stated that the audit identified some immediate security issues, what are the immediate security issues identified.

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

The nature of the work of the hospital is such that it is necessary to allow public access to many areas of the facility. Many areas of the hospital are clearly seen as public areas whilst others are non-public. Some areas, such as ward areas, appear to be "cross-over"areas which at times are freely open to the public, but at other times are closed.

Control of access is being achieved in many key areas through the use of the electronic access control system (proximity card system).

A Review of Physical Security Risks was conducted at the Calvary Hospital campus in October 2003 with the following issues and recommendations identified:

Staff safety

Unauthorised access to premises

Risk to drugs

Medical records security

Mail Screening

The recommendations of this review were:

1. A complete review of all external perimeter and internal doors and locks

2. Employment of uniformed and trained security guards on a 24 hour basis.

3. Greater accountability of keys and pin numbers for keypads through Staff awareness training

4. The installation of additional duress alarm buttons

5. Implementation of external lighting improvements

6. Co-ordinate security management

7. Update/upgrade/implement security policies and procedures

8. Train staff in hazardous mail procedures

All recommendations are currently being investigated with several areas of improvement already completed.

Public service-airline travel

(Question No 1251)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to airline travel in the A.C.T. Public Service and A.C.T. Government:

(1) How many airline flights each month did officers in your department or associated agencies undertake on official business between 1 July 2003 and 31 January 2004;

(2) How many of these flights were on (a) Qantas, (b) Rex Airlines and (c) Virgin Blue services;


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