Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2417..
MR BARR (continuing):
measure. In the context of this debate, it is but one of the many opportunities that are there for the schooling system to assist students to have a safe learning environment.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, who does the safety task force report to and when can you expect to receive a report from them?
MR BARR: The Safe Schools Taskforce report regularly to me as minister. They have one particular reporting day, and in fact I interact quite regularly with them. I am often referring matters to them. They have some self-referral powers as well, so they have taken it upon themselves to look at particular areas of work. It is an ongoing process. It is not something where I have said, "You will give one report and that is the end of your work."They have been in place since 2007, I believe, and will continue their work in the months and years ahead.
MR SPEAKER: Before we move on to the next question, I would like to indicate to members that we have people attending a seminar today from the University of the Third Age joining us in the gallery for question time, and I again welcome them to the Assembly.
Questions without notice
MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, your department sends a letter to visiting medical officers whose patients are at risk of not receiving surgery within the 30-day target for surgery in category 1. It gives the option to doctors of accepting a surgery date which falls outside the time limit. The doctor is then asked to reschedule their patient as category 2A in order to secure a date for surgery. Why does your department follow this procedure and when was it adopted?
MS GALLAGHER: I will check the date of that letter. There are different letters that are sent to doctors, depending on the nature of the discussion between the surgical bookings area, so I will check the date of that letter. The policy came into place on 1 January 2008. It replaced a policy that had been in place since January 2004. That letter is used to alert surgeons in circumstances where their category 1 patients are unable to be booked for surgery within the recommended 30 days during their standard operating times, and it gives them several options to follow.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?
MR HANSON: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, you said on Tuesday that this practice was not in accordance with ACT Health policy. Is that statement still true?
MS GALLAGHER: What I said on Tuesday, when you reflect on the Hansard, was in response to a supplementary question from you, Mr Hanson, in which you said: