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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2272..


MS GALLAGHER: The fact is that nurses employed in Queanbeyan are nurses employed by the New South Wales government under different industrial agreements-

Mr Hargreaves interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

MS GALLAGHER: than what operates in the ACT. You cannot just go, "Oh well, whatever. Let's just put all that in the mix and have one network."There is more detail to work through.

Health-national health agreement

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, what is the status of the Calvary negotiations and how will the national health agreement affect the current or proposed Calvary arrangements?

MS GALLAGHER: The current negotiations are current and ongoing.

Mr Hanson: Was that difficult, Katy?

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson.

MS GALLAGHER: They are difficult negotiations, which is why you are not at the table again. It must be a bit of a pattern here: anything difficult-no Jeremy.

Mr Hanson: The Chief Minister wants me to ring his Chief Police Officer and have direct negotiations on RDT with the Chief Police Officer.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clocks, thank you. Mr Hanson, you are now warned for throwing questions across the chamber consistently as well.

MS GALLAGHER: The negotiations with the Little Company of Mary are ongoing. In terms of the local hospital network, regardless of the ownership arrangements or the future ownership arrangements for Calvary, under the local hospital network Calvary Public Hospital would form one of the hospitals under that network and would be represented on the governing council. That is the requirement of the agreement; it is something that the Little Company of Mary are comfortable with and something that we are very happy to work towards. In fact, it was the direction we were going anyway. We already have a series of networks in place between those two hospitals. We think we can better delineate the work between those two hospitals, and that will be very much a part of the job of the local hospital network and its chief executive and governing council.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question?


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