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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 1937..

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. What considerations have been given to incorporating any additional functionality into PAS?

MS GALLAGHER: In terms of moving across to Calvary and things like that—that kind of thing?

Mr Stefaniak: Across the system; yes.

MS GALLAGHER: The whole idea behind it is to have a system-wide administration. Yes, it has capacity, as I understand it, to take further functionalities as we may need them. It was intended to be moved into Calvary in the short to medium term. I understand there are some discussions around whether we can do that. That issue relates to the manager of Calvary and the systems they have in place across their hospitals. Certainly the intention is for this to be whole-of-health wide.

Health—patient care

MRS BURKE: My question is also to the Minister for Health. Minister, you said in question time earlier this week, in reference to patients in aged care, mental health and chronic disease management:

The numbers that are being seen ... will not be able to be managed in a system built as we have now.

Minister, firstly what did you mean by this waffle?

Members interjecting—

MRS BURKE: Well, it was waffle. It was a little bit off the point. And what actions are you taking to alleviate the pressures on our health system in the short term—say, in the next 12 months?

Mr Stanhope: You are so dignified!

MRS BURKE: I say it how it is, Chief Minister—much like you.

Mr Stanhope: What did the Liberal Party polling describe you as? Dead wood, was it? Time server.

MRS BURKE: I won't comment on you yet.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Minister for Health has the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: As members would be aware, we do a good deal of detailed planning work in ACT Health. All of that planning work indicates that managing people with chronic disease in the community and managing our ageing population are going to increase in terms of the numbers that we are going to have to deal with.

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