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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 12 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 3714..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what are the future plans for increasing staff in the corporate and support division of the Health Directorate?

MS GALLAGHER: These are matters that the government relies on the director-general for. We do not sit there and micro manage individual decisions about particular areas in government. I know that, for example, Dr Peggy Brown makes decisions to deploy her resources where those resources are most needed, and at times, if that requires people who sit at a desk and do policy-based work or support the function of front-line workers, then that will be the case. But what we expect from our director-generals is that they make these decisions within the budget available.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker—

MS GALLAGHER: I have finished my answer, thank you.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can I remind members that if members want to make a point of order, it is customary to rise and say, "Point of order", so that we know what we are dealing with from the outset.

ACT Ambulance Service—cardiac monitors

MS LAWDER: Madam Speaker, my question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, regarding the MRx monitors, have there been any reported incidents resulting from batteries losing power when being used? If yes, how many and what?

MR CORBELL: I would need to seek advice from the ACT Ambulance Service, and I will do so and provide an answer to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, have there been any incidents as a result of the machines giving inaccurate blood pressure readings?

MR CORBELL: I understand that there have been problems, as have been reported in the media and stated, indeed, by officials of the ACT Ambulance Service, with the blood pressure reading mechanism or program on these machines. Whether that has led to inaccurate blood pressure readings, I would again seek the advice of the chief officer, ACT Ambulance Service, and I will provide an answer to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, have there been any incidents as a result of the machine's ECG transmission failing?


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