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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . .

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MR CORBELL: I think the key issue is not the length of the list but whether or not people are getting their surgery within the clinically indicated time. Obviously we will see growth. We are seeing growth; we are seeing growth for a range of reasons, but there is still an unsatisfactory number of people who are waiting longer than the targets set out under the elective surgery targets that the territory has agreed to. So that is our focus as a jurisdiction, and I will have more to say about how we will be responding to that challenge in due course.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, is the data on the ACT Health website correct when it says that there were 4,486 people waiting for surgery today, which is exactly the same number as was listed on 9 October this year?

MR CORBELL: I would have to check that figure. I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to Mr Wall.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, why does the ACT government continue to fall behind the rest of the country in the delivery of elective surgery?

MR CORBELL: I simply refer Mr Wall to my previous answer. The reasons for elective surgery delay are complex but there are ways of addressing them. As health minister I have been working closely with my directorate on what steps can be taken to do that, and I will have more to say about that in due course.

Housing—cleaning contract

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. In July 2012, Spotless entered into a new total facilities management contract with the Community Services Directorate to provide maintenance services for Housing ACT properties. Minister, when is the contract between your directorate and Spotless due to expire and have any changes to the scope of this contract been made recent months?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Lawder for the question. The contract with Spotless was for an initial five-year term with a possible performance-based extension of a further five years. A decision regarding the extension of that contract will need to be made prior to its expiry date, which is June 2017. I do not have any information on me on whether or not there has been any change to the scope of that contract. However, I will get some advice and if there has been I will bring it back to the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, have any Spotless staff who work on implementing the maintenance contract had their employment terminated this week?

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