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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (11 November) . . Page.. 4813..


Mr Barr: I am saying I have got the page open at "Well", with a double L.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Gentlemen, take it up in the lunch break.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sport in the community

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to a later hour.

Canberra Hospital-tuberculosis exposure

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (12.16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that a number of people, including newborn infants, were recently exposed to the risk of being infected by tuberculosis at The Canberra Hospital; and

(b) that protocols and policies regarding partners staying overnight in shared postnatal wards in ACT public hospitals is unclear; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Health to:

(a) clarify policies and protocols with regard to partners staying overnight in shared postnatal wards in ACT public hospitals;

(b) review the circumstances of the recent case where newborn infants were exposed to tuberculosis and identify if any policies or protocols were breached;

(c) review current ACT Health policies and protocols for visiting hours and overnight stays by partners in shared postnatal wards; and

(d) report back to the Assembly with the findings by the first sitting day in December 2009.

I have introduced this motion into the Assembly in order to clear up the confusion and concern surrounding the recent incident at the Canberra Hospital where approximately 80 people, including newborn infants, were exposed to tuberculosis. I have been approached by a number of constituents who are most unhappy with what they see as a breakdown in procedures, the poor way they have been treated and the ongoing confusion surrounding what occurred, what procedures were breached or not and what is being done to ensure that this does not happen again. A number of constituents have


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