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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (13 August) . .

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MS GALLAGHER: My understanding is yes. They are meetings with staff where staff are encouraged to talk with the patients, with Dr Brown and her team over issues that have affected patient care, either positively or negatively, over the preceding time. Staff are encouraged to actively get involved and share that feedback. My understanding is that feedback is returned to those specific ward areas.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what actions will be taken as a result of the review?

MS GALLAGHER: The advice that I have got from Dr Brown is that they are picking up themes from across the wards, and those themes, as that work is finished, will definitely feed into potential changes across the hospital if needed. There was not anything that she brought to my attention in her discussions with me. In fact, she said she felt very confident about the patient safety and quality of care process that was underway. But hospitals are incredibly dangerous places if you do not treat patient safety seriously, which is what this whole program is about. So it will definitely feed into changes once those decisions have been taken and the entire hospital has taken part in this series of discussions.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before we proceed to the next question, I wish to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of the members of the Canberra Central Probus Club. Welcome to your Assembly.

Questions without notice

Transport—light rail

MS LAWDER: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the Tuggeranong Community Council wrote to you recently expressing their views on light rail. The letter was written was a result of a motion passed at the community council meeting in early July. Chief Minister, are you aware of comments made by Minister Burch at the TCC meeting last week at which the Tuggeranong Community Council was criticised for their correspondence and their views on light rail?

MS GALLAGHER: I am certainly aware of the letter that was written by the Tuggeranong Community Council and the meeting that was had that Ms Burch attended. As a government that works very closely together, we discuss a range of issues across Canberra collegially. Where there are concerns, I think that all members represent their constituency to let me know what those concerns are. So I am certainly aware of the meeting that was held and the fact there are strongly held views down in Tuggeranong, particularly within the community council, about the light rail project.

I think it is incumbent on the government, and each member of us is focused on this, to continue to articulate, to support the discussion, to consult and where we can to address those concerns. I hope, as much as we can in the responsibilities that we have as members, to encourage a city where I guess that we are not just looking to our own

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