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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2010) . . Page.. 2431 ..


So this says, “You’re not available to perform the surgery within the 30-day period,” which is part of the criteria for category 1. It continues:

Alternatively, the surgeon should make arrangements for another surgeon to perform the surgery within the … time frame.’

Please respond by informing us which of the following options you will be using to help us manage each of these patients:

The first option says, “Here is a date.” This is all around efficiently managing the list. If we have a date, it falls outside the 30-day timetable. It continues:

If you accept this date, please re-categorise this patient as a ‘2a Staged Procedure’—

Mrs Dunne: If you want a date.

MS GALLAGHER: No, wrong. It is not if you want a date. It is: “Here is a date, and it falls outside the 30-day period. So if you think, in your clinical judgement, that this patient can wait for that date”—

Mr Seselja: It doesn’t say that.

Mr Smyth: That’s not what it says.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, give the surgeons a break, for God’s sake! It asks them for their opinion: “If your patient can wait for this date then that means this patient will be considered a 2a staged procedure.” However, it continues:

If you feel that waiting until this … date is inappropriate, or you are not available for the full 30 day period due to leave … please refer to the lists of spare sessions for the month that have been previously faxed to you, and inform me which session you would like to utilise to accommodate this patient.

Within the 30 days. It continues:

Priority for these extra sessions will be given to surgeons with outstanding Category 1 patients. Alternatively, please inform us which of your colleagues you will be referring the patient to that can perform the operation within the time period.

That is, the 30 days.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Corbell: Don’t mislead the Assembly, Mrs Dunne.

Mr Smyth: Simon!


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