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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1033..


(2) What amount was spent on overtime for nurses, medical and administrative staff from 1 July 2006 to 31 December 2006;

(3) What was the reason for the higher than expected expenditure on overtime for nurses, medical and administrative staff as reported in the December quarter 2006 Consolidated Financial Report.

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

(1) The budget estimate for overtime for nurses, medical and administrative staff for (a) 1 July 2006 to 31 December 2006 was $3.16 million and (b) 1 January 2007 to 30 June 2007 is $3.34 million. Not all areas separately identify budget for overtime, instead choosing to manage at the employee expenses level;

(2) The amount spent on overtime for nurses, medical and administrative staff from 1 July 2006 to 31 December 2006 was $5.86 million;

(3) There were a number of factors that impacted on the expenditure on overtime for nurses, medical and administrative staff during the six months to the end of December 2006:

  • Increases in trauma load at TCH leading to higher incidences of overtime for medical staff in areas such as general surgery and cardiac surgery;
  • Unexpectedly high incidences of patients needing one-to-one nursing care within the acute care area;
  • Inability to recruit to nursing positions within components of Mental Health ACT such as the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre and in Acute and Community Mental Health lead to higher overtime levels;
  • The need to ensure a continued high level of service during the transfer of the telephony system at TCH resulting in higher overtime for the administrative staff in the communications area; and
  • Delays in recruiting to Payroll services.

Project Saul-assistance

(Question No 1512)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 6 March 2007:

(1) Did ACT Policing provide any assistance, financial or otherwise, to the community group "Project Saul"during the (a) 2005-2006 and (b) 2004-2005 financial years, if not, why not;

(2) What are the details of any assistance, financial or otherwise that was provided to "Project Saul"during the time frames outlined in part (1).

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

(1) a) No - no request was received during this period.

b) Yes.


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