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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2352 ..


Mr Smyth: You’re picking and choosing.

Mr Seselja: It doesn’t say that.

MS GALLAGHER: Well—

Mr Seselja: “If you want a date, we’ll reclassify you. That’s what it says.”

MS GALLAGHER: “If you accept this date, that will mean that a doctor has to consider it—

Mr Seselja: Read between the lines.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, no—

Mr Stanhope: Reading between the lines now, are you?

Mr Seselja: No, no, she’s asking us to read between the lines.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MS GALLAGHER: “If you accept this date—ie, you’ve thought about it—and can this patient be seen on 30 July as opposed to 1 July then this procedure will go ahead. However, if you feel in your clinical opinion that this wait is unacceptable, then there are these other options available to you. For example, you can refer to another surgeon or you will be allocated additional theatre time in which to perform the operation within the time period. Please assist us in managing your list so that urgent patients in the first instance are categorised appropriately.” Now I think it is about 50 per cent of all elective surgery—

Mr Smyth: Can you table all those? Can the minister table all those?

MS GALLAGHER: Well, you have got them all.

Mr Smyth: No, no. I would like you to table what you are reading from. I want to see what you are reading from—the policy, the whole lot.

Mr Hanson: That one you’re reading from.

MS GALLAGHER: It is exactly the same document.

Mr Seselja: No, it isn’t.

Mr Smyth: That’s fine, that’s fine, but—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: I am very happy to table it.


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