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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 4339..


Answers to questions

Capital works-expenditure

(Question No 521)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

(1) Does it state in the 2004-05 March Quarterly Capital Works Progress Report that the year-to-date expenditure on 'Stroke Unit - Level 7' was $50 000 but in the column 'total expenditure to date' this figure of $50 000 does not appear; if so, is this an error in the report or is there some other explanation as to why that $50 000 does not appear in the total expenditure column;

(2) Does this mean there is also an error with the outstanding authorisation figure of $130 000 and should this figure actually read $80 000 or is there some other explanation as to why the outstanding authorisation is still $130 000.

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

(1) There was an error in the March Quarter Report. The figure of $50,000 for the Stroke Unit was not transferred across to the Total Expenditure Column which should have shown $50 000 total expenditure against this project at that time. This has been corrected to ensure the issue does not occur in the June Quarterly Report.

(2) Had the reported year to date expenditure been correct as at 30 March 2005, the outstanding authorization would also have been correct and shown the sum of $80,000.

Health-complaints

(Question No 587)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:

What is the usual length of time for a complainant to wait to receive an initial response from the Health Complaints Commissioner.

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

A complainant will usually receive an initial response from the Community and Health Services Complaints Commissioner's office within one week of the complaint being received.

If the Member were concerned about any particular case, the Commissioner has indicated that he would be glad to receive a representation on behalf of any constituent(s) and to review any matter where there may have been a lack of adherence to the time frame outlined above.

Disabled persons-services

(Question No 589)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:


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