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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 2970..


(1) Has the position of Elective Surgery Waiting List Project Officer been filled yet; if so, when was this position filled; if not, will this position ever be filled and when;

(2) What has been the delay in filling this position.

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

(1) No - The position of Elective Surgery Waiting List Project Officer was not filled.

(2) Following a review of the scope of this position it was decided to include the responsibilities of this position into the broader Access Improvement Program. This program commenced in July 2005.

Health-neonatal intensive care services

(Question No 432)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 29 June 2005:

(1) Will the service planning for neonatal intensive care services be completed "by the end of June 2005"as stated by the Minister in his reply to question on notice No 350; if so, when will the Minister consider this report; if not, when will it be completed and why has there been a delay in finalising the service planning;

(2) What sort of priority would any expansion of neonatal intensive care unit services be given in the context of the Health budget.

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

(1) As stated in answer to QON 350, part 4, service planning for neonatal intensive care services was scheduled for completion by the end of June 2005. The scheduled completion date has been extended because of a need to consider the impact of demand for services from outside the ACT. The content of NSW Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Services Plan is particularly significant in this respect and release of this plan has been delayed. It is anticipated that the NSW plan will be released in the near future and the ACT plan finalised shortly thereafter.

(2) It is not possible to indicate relative priority to possible budget proposals outside the budget process.

Hospitals-interstate patients

(Question No 433)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 29 June 2005:

(1) Has a further review of the Interstate Patients Travel Assistance Scheme started to review the eligibility criteria, payment categories and levels of assistance under the scheme; if so, when did this further review begin and when will it be finalised; if not, why has it not started yet and when will the review begin;


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