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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 4036 ..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Tuesday, 31 July 2018):

1) No, the Chief Medical Officer did not mislead the committee. At the time of the hearing, ACT Health was working with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to finalise the Accreditation process. It would have been inappropriate for specific information on the Radiology Department to have been shared at that time.

2) No. Follow up information was provided to the committee on request.

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 31 July 2018):

ACT Health acted on concerns raised by staff in January and February of 2017 in a number of ways, including:

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Commencing recruitment for more nurses for an overnight nurse roster which was implemented on 23 March 2017 and remains in place.

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Commencing rotations through the breast service and nuclear medicine modalities in April 2017, with additional modalities such as angiography included later.

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Finalising the appointment of the Clinical Director of Radiology.

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Commencing recruitment of registrars, including one position in preparation for a rural rotation, noting the significant, unavoidable lead time that often occurs between when the doctor is offered a position and their commencement. This recruitment brought the department to the required number of registrars.

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 31 July 2018):

I have been aware of the broad issues regarding staff relations for some time. I have also been aware that ACT Health has been working to address these issues as outlined in response to QTON reply on 31 July 2018.

Most specifically, my office was provided with a brief in relation to radiology accreditation on 14 May 2018.


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