Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 May 2010) . . Page.. 1690 ..
MS GALLAGHER: There are a range of different processes. I am not sure whether Mr Hanson is directly referring to the public interest disclosure process which is underway in relation to a particular incident. But there are a range of different ways that can be used by staff, patients or community members through ACT Health, and I am very confident that those processes work. And, yes, I have looked at them. I have looked at them a number of times when I have been health minister, particularly in choosing what is the appropriate avenue to pursue different types of complaints.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson?
MR HANSON: Minister, can I confirm then that you do endorse those processes entirely and consider them to be at arm’s length, fair and transparent?
MS GALLAGHER: I am not sure what you have got under your hat there, Mr Hanson, in relation to where you are leading. There are a range of different processes that people can use. There are internal complaints processes, external complaints processes. There is the Health Services Commissioner. There is legislation around public interest disclosure. There are arrangements under the certified agreement. I have absolutely no reason to believe that those processes as they are established under different policies and procedures and legislation, and different authorities, do not work. There is the Medical Board, for example. There is the Nursing and Midwifery Board. There is the Health Services Commissioner. There are so many different ways to make a complaint in health, and what I can say is that I have absolutely no reason to believe that those processes do not work.
If Mr Hanson is sitting on something that he thinks is a smoking gun or something, I suggest he show me what it is so that I can pursue it further.
It being 2.30 pm, questions were interrupted pursuant to the order of the Assembly.
Appropriation Bill 2010-2011
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (2.30): I present the Appropriation Bill 2010-2011 and the following papers:
Explanatory statement to the Bill.
Human Rights Act, pursuant to section 37—Compatibility statement, dated 4 May 2010.
Budget 2010-2011—Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 10—
Speech (Budget paper No 1).
A budget for our growing city (Budget paper No 2).
Budget overview (Budget paper No 3).
Budget estimates (Budget paper No 4).
Reader’s guide to the budget.