Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 June 2022) . . Page.. 1829 ..
In reviewing the cultural aspects of the report, the interim unit director at the time, Dr Peter French, concluded that behaviours had not changed sufficiently, with several reports of poor behaviours. For reference, Dr French’s observations are outlined on pages 173 to 205 of the freedom of information documents that have been released and uploaded on the FOI register.
Immediately following Dr French’s observations, Ms Barbara Deegan was commissioned to undertake a review of the culture within cardiology. Ms Deegan delivered her report identifying a range of specific concerns pertaining to four cardiologists—
Ms Castley: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, the question was about where are the doctors. If the minister does not know, I am happy for her to take that on notice.
MADAM SPEAKER: I think she responded to that at the very beginning of her answer.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Madam Speaker, I am absolutely not going to take that question on notice, because there is no way that I could answer a question on where those doctors were. It is ridiculous!
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Continue. You have 10 seconds left, Minister.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you. Ms Deegan delivered her report identifying a range of specific conditions pertaining to four cardiologists who have been subsequently suspended (Time expired.)
MS CASTLEY: How many times have doctors rostered on for duty in the cardiology department not been in the hospital, and what action has been taken?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: That is a question that possibly Canberra Health Services will be able to provide advice about, so I will take it on notice.
MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Ms Stephen-Smith, Ms Lee, enough.
MR CAIN: Minister, how many senior staff have been let go over the past six months? Surely you can get the answer to that question.
MADAM SPEAKER: Without a snide addition to your question, Mr Cain.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I am very happy to take that question on notice. It is something that I will be able to get the answer to.
Mr Parton: Excellent.