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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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provide to health professionals across the territory, and notably to those within ACT Health as well as, importantly, access to consumers in the broader community.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how many Canberrans have died while waiting to see a specialist or to have their elective surgery in the last three years?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am tempted to say that that outrageous question should not be dignified with a response and I will—

Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, please! You have concluded your answer?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes.

Health—nurse-led walk-in centres

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, on 31 January 2018 the Canberra Times reported that you had said that the government's investment in more nurse-led walk-in centres would "ease pressure on emergency rooms". Minister, in your answer to question on notice 611 to me you said:

A direct correlation between hospital Emergency ... activity and Walk-in Centre ... activity is not possible, because the issue is multifactorial.

Minister, how do you know that the walk-in centres will ease pressure on emergency departments when you are unable to measure the correlation between the two?

MS FITZHARRIS: What we do know about walk-in centres is that the opposition spokeswoman thinks they are "a criminal waste of taxpayers' money".

Mrs Dunne: I stand by that.

MS FITZHARRIS: I am very pleased to hear that, because this government believes that investment in nurse walk-in centres is important. For 36,000 patients—

Mrs Dunne: At $188 dollars a throw—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, you asked a question. The minister is providing an answer. Please have respect and hear that in silence.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, my question was about whether they had the information to tell whether walk-in centres would ease the pressure on emergency departments. The minister has not answered that question or attempted to.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has over a minute left, and there was a series of interjections, so the minister has a minute left to answer.


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