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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5364 ..


Health—breast screening

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to supplementary questions by Ms Lee and Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 25 October 2018):

1. Nil.

2. Yes. BreastScreen ACT outsources image reading to Applied Imaging, a Sydney based company, as there are insufficient radiologists with breast imaging skills in the ACT to meet the demand. Images have been sent to Sydney on a weekly basis for 15 years. During 2017, 15,453 image reads were completed by Applied Imaging. The remaining 35,930 were completed BreastScreen ACT. The contract with Applied Imaging has expired and BreastScreen ACT is currently negotiating contracts with an ACT based reading company.

ACT Health—SPIRE project

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Tuesday, 30 October 2018):

On 1 November 2018 I provided the Assembly with a verbal update on SPIRE and tabled the statement at the conclusion of the update.

Canberra Hospital—plumbing issues

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Milligan and Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 30 October 2018):

1. There has been one occasion in 2018 whereby a patient in the Neurology Ward (Building 1, Level 7) was required to use an alternative room for showering as a result of temporary low water temperature in the patient's assigned room.

2. The cause of the short term low water temperature was linked to planned hydraulic works in Building 1, Level 6 that necessitated system rebalancing works after completion of upgrade works. System rebalancing is a necessary part of hydraulic upgrades works and the project team undertake extensive planning and consultation with impacted areas to avoid unplanned disruptions to clinical operations. There was no cost to rectify the short term shower water low temperature.

ACT Health—joint replacements

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 30 October 2018):

None. The treating specialist makes the decision on what prosthetic would best suit the patient's clinical needs.


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