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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1825..


MS HUNTER: Minister, if no applications or no tenders are received for this particular service, how will you move on this? How will you ensure that this service continues to be delivered in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: These are for the new step-up, step-down facilities. We are looking at an additional two step-up, step-down facilities. So I will check that. The opportunity is available if there is no increase in funding supplementation. And sometimes we do increase that by finding some extra money—for example, through a budget process or through growth funds. You would revise what you were seeking from the organisation to fit within that budget, if those concerns around not enough funding were valid for the service that was being sought. So there is an opportunity, I think, to be flexible in that regard. But I will take some advice and write to Ms Bresnan about it.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, what consultation occurred with providers prior to going out to tender and did the government test the market on the number of providers and the likely cost of the service?

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to take that on notice in relation to this specific service. But I do know that pre-tender briefings do occur in some situations—I am not sure whether it occurred in relation to this project—where organisations that would normally apply or would be in the running to provide that service would be given the opportunity to discuss the nature of what was being put out and the money that was available. I will certainly take some further advice on that.

Canberra Hospital—emergency department data

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you explain to the Assembly on what basis you are refusing to disclose the identity of the individual who has manipulated emergency department data, given the apparent seniority of the individual and the serious manipulation?

MS GALLAGHER: I am basing that on legal advice.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

MR DOSZPOT: Without naming the individual, what information can you provide to the Assembly?

MS GALLAGHER: It was a senior administrative staff member at the Canberra Hospital.

MR HANSON: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson.


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