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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2209 ..


MS LAWDER: Minister, what percentage of the total number of street trees would an additional 1,330 trees be?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that question on notice.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Had ACT Health already made a budget cabinet submission as part of the 2018-19 budget process when the Chief Minister decided to restructure ACT Health?

MS FITZHARRIS: The budget process starts, as members know, early in the year, including the Treasurer calling for submissions from community organisations. Yes, a number of submissions had been made by ACT Health into that process from late last year.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why didn't you wait for the 2019-20 budget to restructure ACT Health?

MS FITZHARRIS: Because I announced the decision in March.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, did any of the budget submissions from ACT Health include suggestions for new agencies within Health or splitting the agencies?

MS FITZHARRIS: Not to my direct knowledge. But a number of submissions did note—and in a number of my discussions, particularly with community stakeholder groups, and health representative organisations spoke to me at length—the overall stewardship of the ACT health system in addition to performance issues, particularly at the hospital. It was very clear to me that there were calls for improved stewardship of the ACT health system. That is exactly what the restructure of ACT Health will deliver.

Hospitals—bullying

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. On 15 April this year the media reported on bullying at Calvary Public Hospital. They cited cases of bullying in the emergency department, in the wards, security, administration and human resources. On 16 April the AMA called for an investigation into bullying. Minister, for how long have you known about bullying in the ACT public health sector and what have you done about it?

MS FITZHARRIS: Mr Hanson is running the line that I know he ran for many years regarding the ACT health workforce, whether that is in ACT Health or within Calvary. Certainly, with regard to the reporting in the Canberra Times and the AMA's calls for Calvary to investigate that issue, I also wrote to the CEO of the Little Company of Mary following that—

It being 3 pm, proceedings were interrupted pursuant to the order of the Assembly.


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