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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (12 August) . .

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Deputy Director-General of Canberra Hospital and Health Services—unfortunately for him, he was on leave at the time—to specifically ask if he was aware of any such review and he replied that he was not.

Dr Brown also contacted Mary Durkin, the Health Services Commissioner who undertakes commission-initiated considerations into matters from time to time. Ms Durkin was not aware of it but also raised this with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency—AHPRA. Both Ms Durkin and AHPRA were not aware of an external review being conducted by a Dr Brown at Canberra Hospital. A search of vendors with the surname "Brown" was undertaken in the finance database, which showed in excess of 200 entries. From this search three vendors were identified to be doctors, and none of those doctors conducted work described by Mr Hanson in the Assembly.

Another doctor at the Canberra Hospital, Dr Deborah Brown, the executive director of the health care improvement unit, is conducting sessions ward by ward across the hospital called patient safety conversations. This is not an external review into suspicious deaths, and that is the point I would like to lay to rest: there is no review as outlined by the opposition, but there is a Dr Deborah Brown, a staff specialist at the hospital, who is conducting a ward-by-ward process called patient safety conversations.

Mr Hanson: And what does that do?

MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to discuss that with you at another time.

Planning—park-and-ride and bike-and-ride facilities

MR GENTLEMAN: I have a response to a question taken on notice from Mr Wall last Thursday in relation to signage at the Calwell park and ride. I am advised by the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate that the Calwell park and ride signage was installed when the car park was opened, but this signage has been upgraded to larger signs with additional directional signage installed. These works are part of the program of improvements being delivered by the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate. All of the works are due to be completed by mid-September.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79—Copies of executive contracts or instruments—

Long-term contract—George Tomlins, dated 23 July 2014.

Short-term contracts:

Ann Lyons Wright, dated 31 July and 1 August 2014.

Bronwen Overton-Clarke, dated 29 July and 1 August 2014.


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