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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 November 2010) . . Page.. 5543 ..


majority of those doctor concerns will be addressed. In addition, I know that the chief executive has met with one of the concerned doctors and talked with them about how to address their concerns. So I am very confident that those concerns will be addressed.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, in the same article one doctor is quoted as writing that he fears the wrong service model is being developed for the diabetes problem and it would inflict enormous costs on the community through increased rates of diabetes complications. Minister, are we developing the wrong service model for diabetes?

MS GALLAGHER: I think it depends on whom you talk to. I alluded to that in my answer. There are mixed views around the provision of diabetes services not just here in the ACT but right across Australia. The commonwealth government, for example, have made changes to their own diabetes strategy in the last week around some of the concerns that have been raised about that. What we will build here in the ACT is a very strong acute unit for those that need—

Mr Seselja: There are a range of views but the health minister has none!

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Seselja, if you are going to interject, perhaps do not interject to the point where I can hear all the derogatory comments that you make about me—

Mr Seselja: Such as?

MS GALLAGHER: What you were just saying about how I do not have a clue and all that sort of stuff.

Mr Seselja: That you don’t have a view.

Mr Smyth: A view.

Mr Seselja: You have to listen to the interjection—a view.

MS GALLAGHER: The interjections themselves, when I am trying to actually provide Mr Doszpot with a reasonable answer around a reasonable question he has asked me, and you two just sit there, chit-chatting amongst yourselves, trying to discredit what I am saying, are very distracting when I am trying to provide the answer.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, return to the answer, thank you.

MS GALLAGHER: I am saying that what I think we will build here in the ACT in the end is a very good non-government diabetes service, run in the community for people that can be managed in the community, and a very good, strong acute service for those that need that type of intervention in the hospital. My intense hope is that those two elements work together to provide seamless care for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes across the ACT.


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