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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 February 2010) . . Page.. 594 ..

MS GALLAGHER: Legal proceedings, certainly in the government’s view, have commenced.

Mr Smyth: Which section covers that?

Mr Seselja: It’s a simple question.

MR SPEAKER: You will have a chance to ask questions in a minute.

MS GALLAGHER: At the right time, the other side of the story will be put.

Mr Seselja: Why won’t you say when you knew?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja.

MS GALLAGHER: I think members will be very interested to hear that side of the story when it emerges.

Mr Smyth: We will.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Before you continue, Mrs Dunne: members of the opposition, if you want to ask further questions, you have a chance to ask supplementaries. I do not expect to hear them being shot across the chamber constantly while the minister is answering the question.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you reviewed the alternative advice that the patient claims to have received from six other specialists that was counter to the advice you received from the Canberra Hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I have not. To my best knowledge, the patient has not provided me with any of that information and I have not sought to inquire into that patient’s individual health record. I have seen a case presented to me on ABC news and I have sought advice from my department about the facts as they see them. Those facts are different and I think it is appropriate that the established processes to deal with differences of opinion about facts are followed.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, given that you have cited the health records act here today, have you initiated inquiries or investigations into whether or not items were deleted from that patient’s file? And, if not, why not?

MS GALLAGHER: I have taken a detailed briefing on this case, Mr Speaker.


MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, yesterday you said:

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