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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1941..


MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. Ms Gallagher.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members! Who would like to stay in the chamber today? Ms Le Couteur, you have the floor.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how many cluster houses will make up the new emergency accommodation network? How many of these houses are to be built and when will they be on line?

MS BURCH: I would have thought that these were some of the questions you would have asked in the briefing with the Community Services Directorate. However, there are two clusters. There is one on the north side and one on the south side. As I understand, both clusters will include three houses. The Belconnen cluster of houses I think is being constructed and the others will come on line very shortly.

Canberra Hospital—emergency department data

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, in the Canberra Times letters to the editor on Saturday, 28 April, Mr David Roth of Kambah writes:

When I complained to the director of nursing, Kate Jackson, I was told in writing that I had only waited for an hour and 40 minutes. This was contradicted by Dr Hollis, head of the Emergency Department, who conceded that I had waited nearly three hours.

Minister, are you investigating this alleged discrepancy in waiting times and can you explain the process for the entry and validation of emergency department waiting times?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, that matter is being followed up.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, can you please explain the positions within the Canberra Hospital that have the ability to enter, validate and/or change emergency department waiting times?

MS GALLAGHER: Can I name the positions?

Mr Hanson: Yes.


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