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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4970 ..


MS FITZHARRIS: Yes. I believe that I also indicated in my comment yesterday that the acute aged care ward was completed and that I was very pleased to attend the opening of that in around February of this year.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, are there any wards at the Canberra Hospital which are currently closed for any reason?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am sorry; I missed the last part of Mrs Dunne's question.

MRS DUNNE: Are there any wards at the Canberra Hospital closed at the moment for any reason?

MS FITZHARRIS: I know that the oncology ward is being upgraded, but I do not believe, in terms of wards being closed and beds not being available, that that is the case. Of course, there is the ongoing upgrade of the oncology ward; I do not know precisely where that is up to. But the fundamental issue is: are beds open in certain wards? Yes, they are.

MRS JONES: Minister, how many wards on the Canberra Hospital campus are partly closed or in any way have beds taken out at the moment or are not being used because of reduced capacity for this type of matter, for refurbishments and so on?

MS FITZHARRIS: There are a number of beds open at any given point, I believe around 670 at the moment. In some instances they will be shifted around different locations in the hospital, particularly for important matters like upgrades, which we did with the acute aged care ward and which we will do with the cancer ward as well. Certainly in terms of Mrs Jones's question, none that I am aware of.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—duress alarms

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Corrections and Justice Health. Minister, I refer to the minutes of an occupational health and safety meeting for mental health, justice health and alcohol and other drug services held on 23 August 2018. It referred to a duress alarm at the AMC not working. Minister, what were the problems with the duress alarm at the AMC in August and have they been fixed?

MR RATTENBURY: I will provide the specifics of that matter on notice to Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Are all the duress alarms in the justice health system currently in good working order?

MR RATTENBURY: To the best of my knowledge. Again, I will check that and if there is anything different I will let Mrs Jones know.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, are all the duress alarms in the justice health system currently accounted for, and what actions are taken to ensure that all systems are in place to protect staff, clients and visitors in the justice health system?


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