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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—8th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2014.

Sitting suspended from 12.23 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Health Directorate—openness and transparency

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 6 June 2014 the Auditor-General published a damning report into the gastroenterology and hepatology unit—the GEHU—of the Canberra Hospital, which found, amongst other things, that the "governance of the GEHU is inadequate and that this compromises its ability to align its activities with the strategic direction of the Health Directorate". The government has still made no response eight months later. On 22 January the Health Directorate released a staff survey report, under freedom of information, to the ABC, in which every page was blacked out. The quarterly health report for July to September 2014 has still not been released and the next quarterly report is now due. Minister, when will the government response to the Auditor-General's report into the GEHU be released?

MR CORBELL: A final government response to the recommendations will not be provided until the Standing Committee on Public Accounts has indicated whether or not it intends to hold an inquiry into the Auditor-General's report. That is consistent with the approach the government is adopting in relation to all Auditor-General's reports.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, when will the Health Directorate July to September 2014 report be released?

MR CORBELL: That report was prepared for the purposes of the administration of the Health Directorate.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, when will the Health Directorate release its staff surveys?

MR CORBELL: Staff surveys are prepared for the purposes of the administration of the Health Directorate.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, are you still committed to open government within the Health Directorate?


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