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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4151..


Canberra Hospital—nursing shifts

(Question No 1760)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 13 November 2007:

How many nursing shifts at The Canberra Hospital were filled by agency nurses in the financial year 2006-07.

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

Nurses work a rotating, seven-day shift roster that comprises of day, evening and night shifts. The average length of a day and evening shift is 8 hours and a night shift is 10 or 12 hours. Usually one individual would fill each shift, however in some circumstances it may be split between two individuals.

The table below provides a response to your question for those nursing shifts at The Canberra Hospital that were filled by agency nurses in the financial year 2006-07.

The Canberra Hospital

2006-2007

Medical and Surgical Areas

3625

Women's and Children's

182

Total

3807

Nursing and midwifery shortages continue to be a concern both nationally and internationally.

Agency nurses provide services in times of peak organisational demand to ensure safe levels of patient care and assist in maintaining a healthy work/life balance for our permanent staff.

Housing—Fraser Court

(Question No 1762)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 13 November 2007:

(1) What is the status of the repair or development of Fraser Court in Kingston;

(2) What are the Government's intentions in relation to the property.

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

(1) Fraser Court has been fenced off since all residents have been relocated to other properties. No repair work is being undertaken.

(2) As previously announced, negotiations with St Hilliers Pty Ltd have been terminated but the Government's intentions are unchanged.


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