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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3377 ..


and have been for some time. So there has been quite a lot of work that has gone into that unit, indeed with the managers, around getting a full understanding of all the obligations that they have, as managers of the unit, to respond to staff concerns when they arise, even if those staff concerns are not put in writing or signed on the dotted line, about how they need to respond to those. There are a whole range of other things such as the additional resources going into the unit.

I think there is a level of stress in that workplace around workloads, and it has been responded to. Some extra clinical staff have already been put in place around that.

Mr Smyth: Have you read the report?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not know, Mr Smyth, but I think you asked the last question. You keep interjecting have I read the report. So that you do not feel that I am not answering, yes, I have read the report. It is my report. I commissioned the report and I, as the minister, am implementing all the recommendations of the report where appropriate and in consultation with staff.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. Minister, has the opposition or anyone else reported detrimental clinical outcomes relating to specific patients to you in relation to this matter?

MS GALLAGHER: Individuals?

Mr Hargreaves: Individuals.

MS GALLAGHER: No, they have not. Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. The reason I commissioned this report was around concerns regarding clinical safety, and Mr Hanson supported those claims and the views being expressed by some of the private obstetricians that there were clinical safety issues.

Mr Hanson: No, I wanted them investigated.

MS GALLAGHER: In Hansard you said—

Mr Hanson: And I demanded they be investigated—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MS GALLAGHER: In Hansard, if you reflect on what you said—

Mr Hanson: And the only reason they are—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!


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