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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . . Page.. 4465 ..


MS BERRY: The 2018-19 indicative land program is available online.

Canberra Hospital—Chief Medical Officer

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, why did the Chief Medical Officer of the Canberra Hospital announce his resignation yesterday?

MS FITZHARRIS: He announced it because he had resigned.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, has the Chief Medical Officer, who announced his resignation yesterday, advised patients that he has not resigned to pursue other opportunities?

MS FITZHARRIS: If Mrs Dunne could repeat the question, please.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Has the outgoing former Chief Medical Officer advised patients that he has not resigned to pursue other opportunities?

MS FITZHARRIS: I have a lot of regard for the Chief Medical Officer. Mrs Dunne's question, I think, misunderstands the nature of the role of the Chief Medical Officer. I understand that Dr Fletcher has advised his colleagues, and many people in the community who hold him in high regard for his clinical work, of his intention to resign on 21 November. What I would say is that I do not intend to discuss an individual staff member's personal circumstances but I do, as I say, have a high regard for Dr Fletcher, for the work he has done in the community and the work he has done as a paediatrician here in Canberra and the region, and also wish him all the very best.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, why has there been such a high level of churn in senior management in ACT Health over the past year?

MS FITZHARRIS: I would refer Miss Burch to my previous answers on these questions.

ACT Health—elective surgery

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to a series of cost-cutting measures attached to a briefing on elective surgery that you noted on 31 August. One of the proposals was for long-wait patients to be taken off the elective surgery waiting list after "one strike" of refusing a date. Minister, what is the status of this "one-strike" proposal?

MS FITZHARRIS: None of the measures outlined, from my recollection, in that particular brief has been implemented. I know that the new CEO of Canberra Health Services is paying attention to many aspects of operations across Canberra Health


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