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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 993..

The assets are prioritised and ranked for replacement according to risk. The risk analysis matrix used within ACT Health considers consequence and likelihood of failure in line with the AS/NZS 4360:1999 standard and ACT Procurement Guidelines.

(4) The asset management program has been reviewed and updated over the past 2 years to fit in with the Whole of Government strategy for asset management. The policy and guidelines are reviewed annually.

(5) This is covered in my answer to question number (3) and in addition to this the Plant and Equipment Committee prioritise the replacement of equipment and this facilitates the expiry process.

(6) In most instances, items of ACT Health equipment that have been deemed to be surplus have passed their useful life, and are either not clinically or commercially useful for other organisations and are written off and disposed of according to waste management guidelines. Any equipment that may be useful to others is offered for transfer at the recipient's costs. Recent examples of this have been to non government or charitable organisations operating in third world environments including East Timor and Africa.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Calvary Public Hospital-x-ray facilities

(Question No 1470)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 28 February 2007:

(1) Further to the answer to question on notice No 1426, are x-ray facilities available for use by all departments at Calvary Public Hospital in all circumstances where an x-ray is deemed appropriate for all patients on a 24 hour basis for seven days each week; if not, (a) for which departments, (b) in what circumstances and (c) at what times are x-ray facilities not available;

(2) Have there been any circumstances in the past six months where patients have been sent to another hospital, or patients have been asked to return to Calvary at a later date, in order to have x-rays taken; if so, how many patients have been affected and what were the circumstances for each patient;

(3) If at any time x-ray facilities have not been available at Calvary Public Hospital (a) what action has been taken to ensure that x-ray facilities are always available and (b) if such action is planned, when will this action be finalised.

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

(1) X-ray facilities are available for use by all departments at Calvary Public Hospital in all circumstances where an x-ray is deemed appropriate on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week.

(2) In the last six months there have been no transfers of patients to another hospital due to unavailability of x-ray services where the radiological test was urgent.

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