Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 7 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2150..
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
The Assembly voted—
Question so resolved in the negative.
Sitting suspended from 12.22 to 2.30 pm.
MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I advise the house that in the absence of the Chief Minister, I will be taking questions relating to his portfolio of Chief Minister's Department and Ms Gallagher will be taking questions in relation to Attorney-General's, arts and heritage.
Questions without notice
MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the opposition has been informed that a contractor who was working at the Calvary Hospital for one week has contracted a golden staph infection and that, as a result, a theatre at the Calvary Hospital had to be shut down. Minister, the opposition is further informed that the contractor is now in a serious condition from contracting this bacterium. Minister, has there been a recent outbreak of golden staph or other superbugs at the Calvary Hospital? If so, how many cases have been reported and what action has been taken.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am not aware of any such incident but I will take the question on notice and provide and answer to Mr Smyth as soon as possible.
MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Smyth?
MR SMYTH: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, you might also check if there has been any recurrence of golden staph or other superbugs at the Canberra Hospital.
MR CORBELL: Again, Mr Speaker, I think it is important to make the point that all hospitals from time to time have to manage outbreaks of these types of infection of golden staph. I am not aware of any particular incidents of concern to date at either of our public hospitals. However, I am happy to take the question on notice, clarify with my department what the issue is, whether Mr Smyth's assertions are correct or not, and provide that information to the Assembly.