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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (21 March) . .

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We will continue to invest in health infrastructure, as we have done every year. We will also continue to plan for the building of significant new health infrastructure, notably the SPIRE centre at Canberra Hospital.

MR WALL: Minister, what impact has the ancient infrastructure at the Canberra Hospital had on the performance of the health system, particularly in emergency treatment and elective surgeries?

MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker, I do wish that those opposite would listen to previous questions and also appreciate—

Opposition members interjecting

MS FITZHARRIS: In relation to Mr Wall's question about the emergency department, we have a new and expanded emergency department. Calvary Public Hospital at Bruce is just about to complete an upgrade to its public theatre facilities.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker, I just indicated that Calvary are about to open upgraded theatre suites at the Calvary Public Hospital. In this year's budget review we have also invested an additional $6.4 million—

Opposition members interjecting

MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker, if those opposite—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order on relevance—

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat.

Mr Hanson: The question and the supplementaries are directly about the Canberra Hospital, its ageing infrastructure and its replacement in relation to the SPIRE proposal. The minister is talking about anything but the ageing infrastructure of the Canberra Hospital, including Calvary and other places.

MADAM SPEAKER: I heard many a comment.

Mr Hanson: I ask her to address—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, there is no point of order. The minister has been referring to the Canberra Hospital. She has mentioned Calvary, but she has mentioned Canberra Hospital. Minister.

MS FITZHARRIS: I correct Mr Hanson and invite him to read Hansard when it comes out. Mr Wall asked me about the impact on elective surgery and the emergency department wait times. Our emergency and elective surgery wait times are relevant to both our public hospitals.


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