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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 3007 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: During the last debate there was quite a bit of interjection by the opposition. During the debate it was raised by the MLA who was on their feet at the time that the particular person interjecting had been warned during question time and was on a warning. The Deputy Speaker, who was in the chair, said that it was not her ruling. Madam Speaker, can you advise whether or not a ruling made by you is to be continued by somebody occupying the chair later on? I am happy for you to take that on notice.

Mr Coe interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. I will take that on notice and provide feedback. But, given that the question was about you, Mr Coe, given that you were the only other one on a warning, it was probably a little bit cheeky on your part to interject at that time. I will come back to members with some advice.

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.33): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the poor culture in the medical imaging department of The Canberra Hospital (TCH), and the impact this has on staff morale and performance, and patient safety, with this being a central theme of a recent accreditation status downgrade for the medical imaging training site for trainee radiologists;

(2) further notes:

(a) on 19 March 2018, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists issued a preliminary report of its accreditation assessment for the provision of training of clinical radiologists in the medical imaging department at TCH ("The Assessment Report");

(b) the Assessment Report recommended that the accreditation status for the training site be downgraded from Level A to Level D;

(c) the Assessment Report notes:

(i) the negative environment within the department;

(ii) the poor working relationship between the Directors of Training, the Head of Department, the Director of Medical Imaging and the hospital executive;

(iii) the lack of clinical control over the department;

(iv) clinical leaders having minimal involvement with the recruitment of new trainees, rostering of clinical staff, and other significant departmental decisions;

(v) internal political issues making working in the department difficult;

(vi) low morale amongst staff;

(vii) the impact of these issues on trainees' health and wellbeing;


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