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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 1936..


MR BARR (continuing):

The key thing here is that the LDA, under its revised arrangements, is now operating very effectively to deliver the outcomes that the government and the community desire to address housing affordability. It plays a very important role in returning a dividend to the community, in its overall take in land development. It is crucially important that it is allowed to get on with its work. The opposition is simply wasting the time of the Assembly for a spurious debating point. The government will be supporting these clauses.

MR SPEAKER: I welcome to the gallery year 10 students from St Clare's College, and Eric Garapova, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey from the Solomon Islands, who is working with ACTPLA for eight weeks as part of an AusAid program.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Hospitals—patient administration system

MR STEFANIAK: My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Minister, the new patient administration system—PAS—was originally scheduled to be operational in August 2006. After considerable questioning by the opposition, it emerged that the new system would not be operational in August 2006; rather, the anticipated functionality of the system would be achieved by March 2007.

In the estimates hearings in June this year, the CEO of ACT Health said that while "PAS is effectively fully operational, there are a couple of minor areas that we are just finalising". Minister, is the new patient administration system now operational in terms of all the functionality that was required under the contract? If not, why not? If the system is performing satisfactorily, what additional expenditure has been required to achieve this status?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, ACT Health's new patient administration system was introduced in September last year. This is introducing a whole-of-health administration system for the recording of admissions, scheduling, billing and patient information. All of the major issues, as we said at estimates, had been resolved. There were implementation problems, as we have discussed in here on previous occasions.

The last time I was briefed, which was late August—probably a couple of weeks ago—a couple of areas were still outstanding. The ACTPAS team was largely moving into maintenance and support. It was not really about any of the bigger projects that came out of implementation. The three I have here are: completion of some reports, migration of infection history from the legacy system, and the establishment of the InTACT PAS support team. The other issues had all been resolved.

In terms of costs, my understanding is that this is all being met within the requirements of the contract and the team that works at the hospital. There has been no loss of revenue or impact financially from the implementation of ACTPAS.


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