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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1515 ..


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing

Motion of no confidence

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.01), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the failure of The Canberra Hospital to pass 37 standards in the accreditation audit, conducted by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards in March 2018;

(b) the claims, reported in the media, that, in preparation for the audit, situations had been contrived temporarily to appear to comply with accreditation standards;

(c) the concerns of clinical staff at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children about maternity services, including overcrowding, bullying, lack of resources, and poor management;

(d) systemic bullying across the ACT health system;

(e) the announcement that the Health Directorate would be split into two directorates;

(f) the sudden departure of the former director-general following that announcement;

(g) statistics revealing declining emergency department waiting times, despite the assurances of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing that they were improving;

(h) statistics revealing worsening elective surgery waiting times, despite the assurances of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing that they were improving;

(i) media reports that elective surgery waiting times do not include waiting times for patients to attend initial appointments with specialists;

(j) significant delays to the introduction of prescription monitoring services;

(k) significant delays to the delivery of the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency building; and

(l) significant delays to the review of opioid guidelines, never adopting the ACT version, but finally, in 2018, adopting the national guidelines, which had been developed in 2014; and

(2) expresses a want of confidence in the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.


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