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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4919 ..

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing

Motion of censure

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.01), by leave: I move the following motion, to censure the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, in accordance with the notice paper:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) systematic bullying, poor culture and poor management in the ACT health system;

(b) high churn of staff in ACT Health since the announcement in March that the Health Directorate would be split into two directorates;

(c) worsening elective surgery waiting times and emergency waiting times, despite the assurances of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing that they were improving;

(d) failures in infrastructure at The Canberra Hospital; and

(e) delays to the delivery of the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency building; and

(2) censures the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for her failures in administration of the Health portfolio.

I am moving this motion because of the failings of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, including a lack of leadership, a failure to tackle health culture issues, a failure to effectively tackle the need for new infrastructure or to properly look after what we already have, and a failure to tell the community and the Assembly what is actually happening in the health system.

It is clear that the Minister for Health and Wellbeing has failed to show leadership in relation to health. In January this year she said:

... as minister I don't need to know everything that's happening, that is why there are seven and a half thousand people working in health.

I see my role as providing clear priorities for health that reflect what I strongly believe are the priorities of the community.

After a year—

that was last January—

I feel I am across the portfolio.

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