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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 July 2010) . . Page.. 3294 ..


(2) What is the current employee separation rate of (a) The Canberra Hospital (TCH), (b) Calvary Public Hospital (Calvary), (c) Community Health, (d) Mental Health ACT, (e) Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service and (f) Capital Region Cancer Service.

(3) What specific surgical units have constituted the top five highest separation rates within (a) TCH and (b) Calvary.

(4) What medical specialties within TCH have the highest staff vacancy rate and can the Minister list the top 10.

(5) How have services been affected by the vacancy rates referred to in part (4) and has there been a reduction in service; if so, how much for each service.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As at 31 March 2010 the employee separation rate for ACT Health was 9.02%

(2) As at 31 March 2010 the employee separation rates were

(a) The Canberra Hospital (TCH),

8.54%

(b) Calvary Public Hospital (Calvary),

9.75%

(c) Community Health,

8.51%

(d) Mental Health ACT,

13.12%

(e) Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service and

14.58%

(f) Capital Region Cancer Service.

14.5%

(3) The surgical units with the top 5 highest separation rates in TCH were.

Surgical Unit

Separations

Headcount

Rate

Plastic Surgery

1

3

33.33%

Resuscitation Unit

1

3

33.33%

Surgical Discharge Support

1

4

25.00%

Ophthalmology

1

5

20.00%

Accident & Emergency (Nursing)

17

94

18.09%

The surgical units with the top 4 highest separation rates in Calvary were.

Surgical Unit

Separations

Headcount

Rate

Theatres

17

85

20%

Emergency Department

11

94

11.7%

Endoscopy

2

8

25%

4W

4

35

11.4%

Due to the small numbers involved separation rates can be very volatile and should be considered carefully.

(4) In February 2010 there were only six medical specialties in The Canberra Hospital with vacancy rates. Those were;

Plastic Surgery

33.33%

Anaesthesia VMO/Specialists

20.00%

Intensive Care Registrars

14.29%

Surgical registrars

11.76%

Haematologist

5.00%

Emergency Specialists

1.90%


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