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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2848 ..


previously, that this is a concern. It is certainly a concern that ACT Health have followed up with urgency. I outlined in my previous answer the actions that ACT Health have taken to address these concerns. I also note that Mrs Dunne noted this morning that ACT Health had failed accreditation in relation to the broader ACT Health accreditation. That was not the case. It was never the case. It is not the case that they have failed accreditation for training. They certainly have been downgraded. That is disappointing. But it is not the case, and it is not correct to assert, that ACT Health has failed accreditation in any recent accreditation process.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why was the medical imaging department ever at risk of being downgraded as a training site?

MS FITZHARRIS: For the reasons I outlined earlier.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how can you say that this was addressed with urgency when we know that these matters were raised with the director of medicine as early as February last year?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly, since they came to my attention during the recent radiology accreditation for training, they have been acted upon with urgency, as evidenced by the two new directors of training who have already been recruited.

Light rail—safety

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, in April this year you were asked whether you had coordinated with emergency services before launching the rail-ready program. Since that time we have heard concerns from the firefighters union as to the lack of specialist equipment for use in the case of a collision between a light rail vehicle and a road vehicle. What specific actions have you taken to ensure that emergency services will be ready to handle all emergencies involving light rail?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, it is probably appropriate that I take the question, as minister for emergency services. I can advise the Assembly that our emergency services Fire & Rescue officers are fully prepared for all circumstances across the ACT. They are going through a great deal of training during these preparations. In fact we even send them overseas for particular training for these sorts of situations. I have personally been involved, at the Hume training base, in training for extractions of personnel and vehicles out of large multistorey car parks, for example. It is a really good example of how they can work with modern machinery to support the safety of all Canberrans.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, what specific actions will be taken in the event of collisions between light rail vehicles and other road users, and do emergency services have the specialised equipment that they require?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank the member for her question. More equipment, of course, is being purchased as we move forward to supply our Fire & Rescue staff with the necessary operational equipment to do this sort of work. They have specialised


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