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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . .

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MR BARR: Yes, I have, to respond accordingly to the requests from the trade union royal commission.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, are you aware of any action that CMTED is taking as a consequence of the recommendations by the royal commission concerning the referral of the secretary of the ACT CFMEU?

MR BARR: At this stage, no.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, when and to whom would you expect CMTED to provide a public response concerning its response to this referral?

MR BARR: Through the appropriate channels.

Health—elective surgery

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, in your response on 2 February this year to the release of the 2016 federal report on government services you claimed that "elective surgery waiting times continue to improve". Minister, does the Federal ROGS report, at table11A.21, show that, compared to the rest of Australia, in 2014-15 Canberra had longer elective surgery wait times on every measure?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. To the best of my recollection—and I would need to go and check the specifics of the table—we have seen an overall improvement in the waiting time, we have seen a deterioration in a number of categories for surgery and an improvement in one other category for surgery. But I would be happy to take the particulars of Mr Smyth's question on notice and make sure that my answer just now was accurate; and, indeed, make sure that his question was accurate based on the relevant ROGS data.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, does the federal report on government services 2016 show that across Australia 74 per cent of elective surgery patients are seen on time but in the ACT only 59 per cent of patients are seen on time?

MR CORBELL: It is the case that our timeliness is less than the performance in other jurisdictions in a range of measures when it comes to elective surgery. That is the case, particularly in relation to long-wait patients. That is why the government has announced a very comprehensive response to the issue of patients waiting longer than the clinically indicated time frame for their surgery. That is why in November last year I announced a major blitz on patients waiting longer than clinically indicated for their surgery. That is why I reported to the Assembly yesterday on the performance so far in relation to those measures, which have seen now close to 300 Canberrans be


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