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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 290..


Capital works

(Question No 796)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 November 2005:

(1) Why is there a discrepancy in the figure of $219 000 that the Minister provided in response to question on notice No 523 regarding the 2004-05 end of year expenditure on the sub and non acute facility, when the 2004-05 capital works progress report shows that year to date expenditure was $272 000;

(2) Given that the response to question on notice No 523 stated that Phase 1 and 2 of the sub and non acute facility no longer exist and have been combined, what is the current total value of funding available to this project considering the combination of Phase 1 and 2;

(3) Has the construction documentation for the sub and non acute facility been completed;

(4) Given the state of the ACT budget and pressure on capital works funding, will construction on the sub and non acute facility still commence in January 2006 as anticipated; if not, what is the delay in beginning construction and is it related to budgetary constraints.

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

(1) I have been advised by Calvary Health Care ACT that the expenditure figure provided in response to Question On Notice (No. 523) ($219,000) did not include an accrual for outstanding invoices. The information provided for the Annual Report included the accrual and the correct figure of $272,000 was reported.

(2) The total project funding is $9.75M as reported on page 98 of the ACT Health Annual Report.

(3) Yes, Design and Construction documentation is complete. The project is currently in the ACT market place seeking tenders from pre qualified Construction Managers. Tenders close 20 December 2005.

It is anticipated that site establishment will occur during January 2006, with construction due to commence February 2006 and an anticipated completion/commissioning date of December 2006. The facility is not delayed by budgetary constraints.

Hospitals-haematologists

(Question No 797)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 November 2005:

(1) How many patients requiring treatment from a haematologist have been referred interstate to date this calendar year;

(2) What percentage of Canberra patients are currently being referred to Concord Hospital in Sydney for treatment;

(3) How many haematologists (a) should the ACT have and (b) does the ACT currently have;


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