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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1808..


(4) The market value of Fraser Court will be determined when the property is sold. The market value of the housing complex in Garran is "commercial-in-confidence"and therefore cannot be provided.

(5) None known to Housing ACT.

Footpaths

(Question No 1941)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

(1) Does the Government have any plans to build footpaths in any older suburbs where none now exist;

(2) Does the Government recognise that the lack of footpaths in older suburbs negatively impacts on the mobility of older people.

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

1. Government has an ongoing program for the construction of new footpaths in older suburbs, which are requested by members of the public. These works are implemented under the annual Capital Works Upgrade Program.

2. Government recognises that the provision of footpaths in these suburbs benefit the community as a whole, including the elderly. All requests are prioritised and ranked in accordance with defined criteria, which also recognise the need of people with mobility aids, wheelchairs, walking frames and canes.

Health—malpractice reports

(Question No 1943)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

How many malpractice reports has ACT Health received since June 2007.

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

Since June 2007, ACT Health has received 1,070 malpractice incident reports. 806 incidents were closed during the triaging process, undertaken by ACTIA and ACT Health officers, that takes place within a week of the incident being reported. As previously advised, triaging is the assessment of incident reports to determine whether incidents should be fast-tracked to the ACT Government Solicitors Office (GSO), monitored or sufficiently minor that no action is required and the file is closed.

The remaining 264 new open claims are either awaiting further information in relation to the incident or have been forwarded to GSO for investigation. Please note that the numbers provided do not differentiate between actual claims and potential claims. The definition of a claim is used as an umbrella term to include claims that have materialized and potential claims following from incidents reported through the public health system.


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