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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1823..


MR SPEAKER: I have, actually. For your information, Mr Seselja—you were probably busy doing something else—I have spoken to Mr Hargreaves during this question time a couple of times. I had asked, recently, all members to stop interjecting. You were the first member to interject straight after I did that. I intend to follow through on my threat of warning people. That is why you are now warned. We will proceed with question time. Ms Gallagher, have you finished?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker.

Canberra Hospital—emergency department data

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health. In question time yesterday you stated in regard to manipulated emergency department data:

... the information to me at this point in time is that there is an individual who has gone around the safeguards that were in place to ensure data integrity ...

Given that you have stated that the problem exists because processes were not followed, why are you limiting your request for an inquiry into this incident to data management processes?

MS GALLAGHER: I have requested that the Auditor-General have a look at data integrity at the Canberra Hospital. It is up to the Auditor-General. I cannot set the terms of reference. I cannot direct the Auditor-General. It is up to the Auditor-General to determine the nature and scope of their inquiry. I am not limiting anything. I am more than happy, as I am here, to answer any question around any other matter that relates to this issue.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne. Before you proceed, Mr Hanson I remind you of my earlier observation. Mrs Dunne, you have the floor for a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what factors exist in the Health Directorate that would lead someone to go around the safeguard and deliberately manipulate data?

MS GALLAGHER: I cannot answer that question. I do not think it is useful to speculate at this point when there are investigations underway.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, if you are not clear on these factors as to what went wrong, why are you limiting your request for an inquiry simply to the data management processes?


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