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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4294..


(1) What is the reason for the reduction in spending on Visiting Medical Officers by ACT Health from $17 million in 2004-05 to $16.5 million in 2005-06;

(2) Why has this reduction occurred when the demands on the ACT's public hospitals have continued to increase.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In 2005-06, ACT Health was successful in employing new staff specialists. Some of these new appointments replaced sessions previously performed VMOs and some were VMOs converting their contract to salaries staff specialist. This had the effect of reducing VMO expenditure whilst increasing Salaries Medical officers' expenditure.

(2) The demand on the ACT's public hospitals did increase during 2005-06. As noted in (1) above, the net level medical staff available to ACT Health to meet demand increased during 2005-2006.

Calvary Hospital—x-ray facilities

(Question No 1426)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, on 12 December 2006:

Are x-ray facilities available for use by the Emergency Department of Calvary Public Hospital on a 24 hour basis for seven days each week; if not, what action is being taken to enable this service to be provided and when will this capability become available.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(a) Yes.

(b) Not applicable.

Healthpact

(Question No 1427)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, on 12 December 2006:

(1) What progress has been made in integrating Healthpact into ACT Health;

(2) How many staff has Healthpact lost following this process;

(3) What reduction, if any, has been made to funding available for Healthpact programs, and what impact will any reduction in this funding have on the nature of these programs.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health now manages the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program through the Population Health Division, Health Improvement Branch (HIB). HIB has established a new section, Health Promotion and Grants, which administers the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. As a result the former Healthpact is now fully integrated into ACT Health.


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