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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6111..


MR HANSON: Thank you. Minister, can you explain when the review will be finalised and whether it will be made public or not?

MS GALLAGHER: It will certainly be made public. I do not know—I will take it on notice—how long that research will take. I spoke to one of the researchers who is out at the University of Canberra who is already collecting data and doing some of that work now. I am just not sure what the length of time for that piece of work is. I am certainly happy to come back to the Assembly with that.

Canberra Hospital—obstetrics unit

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and relates to the obstetrics and maternity unit at the Canberra Hospital. Minister, had any complaints been received by ACT Health regarding bullying and harassment in the obstetrics and maternity unit at the Canberra Hospital prior to 17 February 2010?

MS GALLAGHER: In relation to a formal complaint to ACT Health, I can say that no, they had not received any. But the clinical services review and the information provided through that would indicate that certainly concerns had been raised at the local level to local management around particular workplace conflict and workplace issues. I think the clinical services review will indicate that they were not adequately dealt with at the time.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, a supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, was that the reason why Dr Elizabeth Gallagher said on 23 February in the Canberra Times that she had raised verbal concerns about harassment with the general manager—

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on a point of order—

MR SPEAKER: Let us just hear the question from Mrs Dunne.

Mr Hargreaves: We have heard enough of it so far, Mr Speaker. Mrs Dunne is asking for Ms Gallagher's interpretation of what somebody else has said.

MR SPEAKER: Let us hear the question from Mrs Dunne. Mrs Dunne, can you start again, please.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you. Minister, is this why Dr Elizabeth Gallagher said in the Canberra Times on 23 February that she raised verbal concerns about harassment with the general manager of the hospital in 2007 and said:

I resigned in 2008. I felt that I could no longer work at the hospital to the best of my ability because I was very concerned about what was going on around me. I was starting to lose sleep ...


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