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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1228..


Doctors-elective surgery lists

(Question No 1341)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1) How many plastic surgeons have public elective surgery lists in the ACT;

(2) How does the figure compare to the number of plastic surgeons with public elective surgery lists in (a) March 2003 and (b) August 2003, please provide figures;

(3) How many of these plastic surgeons have reached their full-year quotas for the 2003-04 year;

(4) Why was there a large percentage of Category 1 and 2 plastic surgeries overdue in January.

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

1. There are two plastic surgeons that have public elective surgery lists in the ACT.

2. In March 2003 and August 2003 there were two plastic surgeons with public elective surgery lists in the ACT.

3. Plastic surgeons are not allocated quotas for the amount of surgery they perform.

4. There are nil category 1 plastic surgery long waits in January. There are a large percentage of category 2 long waits in January because we have been unable to recruit additional plastic surgeons to the public system.

Psychiatric Unit

(Question No 1342)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1) How many seclusion rooms are available at the Psychiatric Unit (PSU);

(2) What has been the occupancy rate of the PSU, per month, for the last 12 months;

(3) On how many occasions, per month, over the last 12 months has the PSU turned away clients;

(4) Where have these clients then be presented for accommodation and treatment;

(5) What has been the cost of alternate accommodation for these clients;

(6) What is the overnight cost per person of accommodating a client in the PSU;

(7) What is the overnight cost per person of accommodating a potential PSU client in a hotel;

(8) How many staff are employed at the PSU and what positions/levels are they employed at;


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