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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1810..


MR SPEAKER: Members, order! Stop the clocks, thank you. The Chief Minister still has the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: I have finished, thank you.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, you have a supplementary question.

MR SESELJA: Minister, given that the person who has admitted to manipulating emergency department data had access to other hospital data, how can the community be confident that there are not other incidents of altered records without authority?

MS GALLAGHER: That data is being checked as we speak, as I understand it, and any corrections that need to be made will be made and will be made public. That is how you ensure community confidence. The community understands that problems will arise and mistakes will be made, errors will be made. The community understands that. The test really is how you deal with it, what information you provide, how you fix it and how you make sure it never, ever happens again. That is exactly what we are doing.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, have you finished?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, thank you.

Canberra Hospital—emergency department data

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Chief Minister, on 23 February 2011 you and the Attorney-General wrote to MLAs stating that you had misled the Assembly in regard to the number of drug tests conducted at the Alexander Maconochie Centre jointly by Corrective Services and the Health Directorate. Minister, the emergency department manipulation is the third time in an 18-month period that you have had to admit to relying on incorrect information. How can the community be confident that any data you present to them is correct?

MS GALLAGHER: I recall that. I think it related to comments that the former Chief Minister had made, and when those were drawn to my attention as the Chief Minister I corrected the record. That is exactly what needs to happen, Mr Coe. In a sense, your question—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members.

MS GALLAGHER: I have had a number of briefs this week that I have had to look at—not necessarily from Health but across government—where you question some of


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