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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4836..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

The ANU Medical School is a very important initiative for Canberra, one this government is proud to support, because it will provide for training in the academic units of internal medicine, surgery, general practice and psychological medicine, as well as research activity. This investment by ACT taxpayers in the buildings at the Canberra and Calvary public hospitals will ensure that we are making the investment our community needs to make to build the work force for our health system for our future and to train in Canberra the doctors, specialists and clinicians that we will need into the future.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mrs Burke: Mr Speaker, I think that I was on my feet before the Chief Minister. Under standing order 113A, I ask that I be allowed to ask another question.

MR SPEAKER: I had called the Chief Minister.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Quamby Youth Centre

MR STANHOPE: I would like to add to my answer to a question on Quamby that I received from Mrs Burke. In the first instance, I am very pleased that the shadow attorney, with the agreement of the minister, will be making an inspection of Quamby on Friday. I am very pleased that the shadow attorney has such a level of interest in what is going on at Quamby. I am advised that the facilities that Mr Stefaniak will inspect on Friday include the significant upgrade which has been undertaken, to which Mrs Burke referred in her question.

As of Friday, Mr Stefaniak will be in a better position than I to provide Mrs Burke with details of exactly how the $4 million worth of budgeted remedial works have progressed. I understand that they have progressed particularly well. I am a little out of date, but my advice is that the work is proceeding well and will be completed. The best I can say, Mrs Burke, is that, in relation to your interest in this matter, Mr Stefaniak will be full throttle on Friday. I am sure he would be more than happy to give you a briefing on all the work that has been done, how advanced it is and what a fantastic addition it is to Quamby. It is a very significant investment by this government in our young people. Some of the issues that we face at Quamby, of course, are a direct result of the fact that the previous government did not invest a cent in the facility in all the years that it was in government.

Hospital waiting lists

MR CORBELL: In question time yesterday, Mr Smyth asked me how many people were on the not ready for care list as at 30 September 2005. For the record, I restate that there were 4,652 people on the ACT elective surgery waiting list who were ready for care at 30 September 2005. At that same date there were a further 862 people on the waiting list who were classified as not ready for care.

To elaborate on what not ready for care is, people on the not ready for care list are people who, firstly, have their surgery staged, for example, people on the list for two cataract extractions. Rather than the eye operations being counted twice, the first eye operation is


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