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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 December 2011) . . Page.. 5704 ..


MS GALLAGHER: Mr Hanson, are you alleging that there is something shonky going on with health data? If that is the interjection—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MS GALLAGHER: Is that what I just heard you allege?

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Ms Gallagher, let us focus on the question.

MS GALLAGHER: The snide, constant interjections from those opposite are making serious allegations against the credibility of data used for health reporting. Mr Hanson just accused us of fiddling the data to make it look good, and I would say that if he is going to make those allegations, he should stand up and use any evidence he has to prove them or he should not make those allegations in the first place.

Mr Hanson: Is this a point of order?

MR SPEAKER: No. Mr Hanson, sit down. One moment. Stop the clock, thank you. Mr Hanson, when the Chief Minister has finished, you can avail yourself of standing order 46 if you feel the need. Chief Minister, you have the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In the year to October 2011, category 1, 100 per cent; category 2, 83 per cent, which is four per cent above last year’s data at the same time; category 3, 60 per cent; category 4, 54 per cent; category 5, 80 per cent; and overall, all categories on target, 63 per cent. So there is significant improvement. There is an issue at Calvary which we have been working with Calvary to address because there was a noticeable decline in their performance, which you can actually see from the report card. But I think, overall, the EDs are well on track to meeting the government priority which we have established at 70 per cent of all presentations being seen on time.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, under standing order 213, would the minister now table the document she was just quoting from?

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, do you have a document you were quoting from?

MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to provide members of the Assembly with the year-to-date figures to October 2011 on the emergency department performance. These are my private notes—

Mr Hanson: Oh, they’re private.

MS GALLAGHER: No, I am not going to. The data, I will table. The data that I read out, I will table.


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