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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 272..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

ACT Health is committed to a high-quality neurosurgery service and this report will contribute to both neurosurgery and general hospital servicing treatment. The report makes 11 recommendations, the majority of which have been agreed to in principle, while others are being investigated. Many of the recommendations have been pre-empted or anticipated in clinical governance changes already under way or currently being implemented at the Canberra Hospital.

The review was led by external experts in case review and clinical governance. The team consisted of Dr Bruce Barraclough of the Royal North Shore Hospital and chair of the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Healthcare; Dr Michael Fearnside of Westmead Hospital; Ms Jodie Cooper of Princess Alexandra Hospital; and Dr Ross Wilson, Royal North Shore and lead researcher in the quality in Australian healthcare study. The brief to the reviewers was to identify standards of care in neurosurgery and a system of clinical governance in the ACT and then to identify opportunities for further improvement.

Concurrently, a retrospective case review of patients under the care of Dr Newcombe was conducted. The purpose of this review was to determine whether any patients of Dr Newcombe required further care. This review identified one additional case not known to ACT Health. This person was offered a review and accepted a consultation with an independent neurosurgeon.

As a completely separate activity, an independent neurosurgeon addressed the ongoing care needs of patients identified by response to the hotline. The independent neurosurgeon reviewed case notes in relevant investigations and assessed patients in consultation where necessary and arranged ongoing care needs if required.

I would like to thank the neurosurgeons at the Canberra Hospital for their patience and cooperation during what would have been a difficult time for them and congratulate them for their affirmation of the continuing high standard of care and professionalism. I also thank the staff at the Canberra Hospital for their patience and cooperation during what would have been a difficult time and congratulate them also for their continuing high standard of care and professionalism.

Paper

Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Community Services and Social Equity—Standing Committee—Report-"No longer just a number"-youth services provided at the Adolescent Day Unit (presented 30 March 2004)-Government response, dated August 2004.

Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations—portfolio responsibilities

Ministerial statement

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo-Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial


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