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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 1321..


providers in the ACT to also increase access to care. The partnership provides particular support in those surgical areas where we have the largest number of long-wait patients. This includes specialties such as ear, nose and throat surgery; orthopaedics; and neurology surgery. For those specialties, we have been able to select groups of long-wait patients that can be safely managed in the private sector, which reduces some pressure on our public hospitals and reduces waiting time to care. All up, we have managed almost 400 patients through the private provider arrangements since they began early last year. I am thankful to the private providers who are part of this scheme, which demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved when we work together.

We will also continue to work with the commonwealth government to ensure that it continues to meet its commitments to our community. As a nation we have had to wait over a decade to get another commonwealth government that has recognised its obligations to the community to support public hospital services, and for the first time since Federation we have a commonwealth government that has made a commitment, through national health reforms, to share the cost of growth in public hospital services.

We have made significant improvements, but there is more to do. There has not been a quick fix, but the efforts put in place over the last few years show that we do know how to fix it. We have the cooperation and partnership that we need to fix it and we have real proof that our efforts are working to fix it.

Papers

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Community legal centre hub—Study of options and feasibility, prepared by the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Regulation—Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) (Minimum Service Standards—Independent Taxi Services) Approval 2012 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2012-34 (LR, 13 March 2012).

Work Health and Safety Act—Work Health and Safety Amendment Regulations 2012 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2012-9 (LR, 19 March 2012).

Petition—Out of order

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Compulsory third-party insurance—Proposed legislation—Ms Porter (30 signatures).

Ms Burch presented the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15(2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report 2011-2012—Second quarter (1 October to 31 December 2011).


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