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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1958..


Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee

Membership

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (10.50): Pursuant to standing order 223, I move:

That Mrs Dunne be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for the period 7 May to 18 June 2005 and that Mr Stefaniak be appointed in Mrs Dunne's place for that period.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Smyth ) agreed to:

That leave of absence be given to Mrs Dunne for the period 7 May to 18 June 2005 inclusive.

Access to acute care

Ministerial statement

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning access to acute care.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Timely access to acute hospital care is the number one health program priority of the Stanhope government. Since its election, the government has been working towards ensuring our public health system provides high-quality and accessible services to people of the ACT and the surrounding region. In March 2004, the government launched the Canberra plan, which addresses the current and future challenges facing Canberra. The plan highlighted the need to ensure that health services continue to adapt to meet the needs and challenges that will arise in our community.

The initiatives of the most recent budget build on the aims of the health action plan and the Canberra plan. These initiatives prove that this government puts its money where its mouth is. The 2005-06 budget provides for an additional $34.2 million in capital and recurrent funding in a package of measures targeted to ensure that we are able to address the health priorities facing the ACT. In doing so, we recognise that the demand for public hospital services continues to grow-a challenge not confined to the ACT but one faced by all public health care systems in Australia and across the world.


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