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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (31 July) . . Page.. 2408 ..


MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why is there a poor working relationship between senior staff in the radiology department, and how is this affecting the performance of the department?

MS FITZHARRIS: It is the responsibility of all staff to work constructively together. There are clearly issues relating to some senior staff, as has been outlined, in the radiology department. They are being taken seriously and addressed. The radiology and imaging areas of the hospital are actually performing very well. These issues have been outlined by me previously in the chamber and in other forums.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when did you first become aware of the cultural issues in the radiology department and the poor morale that has underpinned the adverse accreditation of the training processes in the radiology department?

MS FITZHARRIS: I cannot recall the specific date. I will take the question on notice.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I refer to your answer to question on notice 1495 from Mrs Dunne regarding the restructure of ACT Health. You confirmed that the decision to restructure ACT Health was based on a brief from the Head of Service on 15 March 2018. You also advised that you were not informed of the resignation of the Director-General of ACT Health until 19 March 2018. Was the brief prepared by the Head of Service and signed off by you to keep the former Director-General of ACT Health in the dark about the government's plans to abolish her position?

MR BARR: No.

MR MILLIGAN: Chief Minister, why is it that you were not advised of the resignation of the Director-General of ACT Health until 19 March, three days after it occurred?

MR BARR: Madam Speaker, I am checking whether there was in fact a weekend in between those days. Yes, there was, in fact.

Mrs Dunne: Went on the Thursday.

MR BARR: Yes, the 15th. Yes, there was a weekend, and I was advised a matter of one business day later.

MRS DUNNE: Why is it that you did not consider the implications of your decision on the accreditation of the Canberra Hospital, given that the inspection was due to occur on the week beginning 19 March, the day after the weekend?

MR BARR: I do not accept the premise of the question.

Light rail—operations

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, when will stage 1 of the light rail carry its first fare-paying passengers?


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