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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4085 ..


account the different approach that the Canberra Times used. But I am not familiar with the entire methodology that the Canberra Times used.

MS LE COUTEUR: Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that what you have just said is that you are working on an assumption that for all new parts of Canberra—

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, please, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: OK; I simply do not understand it: are you saying that, because the state development plan says something, that that is what it must be? Can you give more answer on notice? I have not quite understood it yet.

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, I can.

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to various media reports, including in the Canberra Times and elsewhere, in relation to medical imaging at the Canberra Hospital, particularly those issues around the standard of training of registrars and concerns raised by the Salaried Medical Officers Federation that there has been no clinical director of the medical imaging department for some time. Minister, why has there been no clinical director of medical imaging at the Canberra Hospital since May this year?

MS FITZHARRIS: As Mrs Dunne has acknowledged, there has been significant coverage of issues in radiology. I will have to refresh my memory on the clinical director and take advice. I believe that that position has been filled. There are two other directors of radiology who are currently being recruited as well. So I will just remind myself of that and correct—

Mrs Dunne: Has a radiologist has been recruited?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, there are two radiologists being recruited and I believe the clinical director is in place but I will confirm that at the end of question time.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why did the Canberra Hospital appoint a director of medical imaging—not the clinical director—who has no clinical training in radiology and is not a member of a recognised radiology association as set out in the selection criteria?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not intend to address specific matters that Mrs Dunne knows are the subject of significant other investigation, and I do not intend to comment on what I believe is Mrs Dunne's half-knowledge of this matter.

MR WALL: Why do we have a situation where registrars are not receiving adequate training and are at times forced to treat patients without the supervision of a trained radiologist?

MS FITZHARRIS: They are not currently in that position.


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