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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (17 September) . . Page.. 4276..


(2) Of the total number of procedures completed during 2008-09

  • 168 category one patients were admitted for surgery with waiting times greater than 30 days
  • 2,779 category two patients were admitted for surgery with waiting times greater than 90 days
  • 542 category three patients were admitted for surgery with waiting times greater than 365 days

(3) The ACT uses the national benchmarks for waiting times for elective surgery. Clinicians determine the relative urgency of surgery against the current three-tier national elective surgery scale:

  • Admission within 30 days desirable for a condition that has the potential to deteriorate quickly to the point that it may become an emergency (category one)
  • Admission within 90 days desirable for a condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability but which is not likely to deteriorate quickly or become an emergency (category two)
  • Admission at some time in the future (set at within 365 days by the ACT Government) acceptable for a condition causing minimal or no pain, dysfunction or disability, which is unlikely to deteriorate quickly and which does not have the potential to become an emergency (category three)

(4) 11,106 elective surgery operations were scheduled for 2008-09. In each case, patients received written advice of their scheduled surgery date.

(5) Data is not available on the number of pre-admission appointments cancelled by the hospital. However, it is very unlikely for an appointment to be cancelled by the hospital because where a patient who is scheduled for surgery has their surgery postponed, our hospitals will still provide pre-admission assessments as per the original advice.

ACT Corrective Services—death in custody

(Question No 276)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 20 August 2009:

What is the status of any investigations or responses to the Coroner into the death in custody in the Court Transport Unit in 2008 and have any formal recommendations been agreed to or implemented by ACT Corrective Services.

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

(1) ACT Corrective Services has completed their response to the Coroner's findings into the death in custody in 2008. This response has been forwarded to the Coroner. ACT Corrective Services' actions in relation to recommendations made by the Coroner are outlined in the response to the Coroner. The issues identified by the Coroner had been addressed by ACT Corrective Services by the time the formal findings were handed down, and the recommendations had already been implemented or were in the process of being implemented.


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