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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . . Page.. 4470 ..


Mrs Dunne: It's still an expression of opinion.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not believe so, Mrs Dunne. Minister, would you at least answer that?

Mrs Dunne: You have got to be kidding me!

MADAM SPEAKER: No, I am not kidding you, Mrs Dunne. Mrs Jones.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—plumbing issues

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, I refer to reports in the media on 27 October 2018 that a ward in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children was flooded due to plumbing issues. Minister, was a ward in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children flooded at any stage between July and today and, if so, was it closed?

MS FITZHARRIS: I can confirm that there were some leaks. I would not agree that it was flooded. But certainly in relation to that there are two projects underway in terms of remediation in the Centenary hospital. The actual source of the particular leak that Mrs Jones refers to is, I am advised, a pinhole in the hydraulic pipework and remediation of the paediatric medical ward is ongoing and expected to be completed by late December of this year.

MRS JONES: Minister, due to this leak, did the ward close and/or were children moved into adult wards or other wards, and how many children were affected?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly, those rooms that were affected were closed. The advice to me is that all patients and their families were communicated with during this period and what is known as the overflow paediatric ward was opened so that all children could continue to receive the care that they needed, and there was no clinical impact.

Mr Coe: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?

Mr Coe: It is on relevance. The specific question that Mrs Jones asked was: how many children were affected? So far the minister has not actually answered that part of the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, you have another minute.

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that particular aspect of the question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, is there building warranty insurance on the building or other insurance for water ingress and, if so, has a claim been made against the policy? And can you clarify: is the medical children's ward still closed?


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