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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3257 ..


As we continue to invest in this future for our community I acknowledge and thank again on behalf of Minister Rattenbury and the ACT government all of the staff at ACT Health for their commitment and effort throughout the accreditation process and to the work they do every day dedicated to the health of our community.

I present the following papers:

ACT Health transition and Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Accreditation—Update—Ministerial statement, 21 August 2018.

Australian Council on Healthcare Standard National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Survey—Report, dated 31 July 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.23): Most hospitals, when they go through the accreditation process, pass the first time. Most hospitals do not use the accreditation process to point out areas where they need continuous improvement; they have done that before they sit the first test. This statement is like a student who gets to sit a special exam because they failed their first exam. The minister should be a little more contrite, a little bit crestfallen, and there should be a great deal less spin than she has displayed today. The fact that we are here, six months after the first accreditation process, wiping our brow and saying, "Thank goodness we passed that one," is of no credit to this minister and to this government.

We have to remember that back in March this year Canberra Hospital and Health Services failed 30-plus critical criteria. What we have seen today is a minister trying to put a positive spin on the fact that back in March the hospital failed accreditation. What we have seen here is the minister trying to make the best of it.

Ms Fitzharris: Madam Speaker, a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, can you resume your seat. The minister on a point of order.

Ms Fitzharris: Madam Speaker, I seek guidance on the correct procedure. It is simply not the case that in March ACT Health failed accreditation. I do not know how many times I need to say this. It is incorrect, and I ask Mrs Dunne to withdraw.

MRS DUNNE: You cannot ask me to withdraw; I have not said anything unparliamentary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Please wait, Mrs Dunne. Ms Fitzharris, at this point Mrs Dunne has not said anything unparliamentary. If you believe she has misrepresented your position then you can address that under standing order 47. Mrs Dunne, on the motion being agreed to.


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