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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 3963 ..

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts) (11.59): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move an amendment to this bill which is minor and technical in nature.

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4017].

I want to thank members for the comments made today. I commend the Gaming Machine (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill, and amendments and other papers presented today, to the Assembly. I thank members of the Assembly for their contributions.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.00 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Canberra Hospital—patient care

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, in Sunday’s Canberra Times you are reported as saying that on every measure the quality of care in our hospitals is very high. Minister, on 24 September this year I brought before this Assembly the case of a patient who was left lying in their own urine for hours. On 25 September Ms Lawder told of the poor treatment of her mother-in-law, when Ms Lawder also witnessed an elderly man left naked on a bed. On 15 November a Kambah resident said that her dying father was not “treated like a person”, and lodged a complaint with the human rights commissioner. On 22 November a whistleblower nurse described “personal hygiene that patients can’t do themselves not attended to for days” and “other things too bad to name”. I have had numerous other constituents contact me with other cases.

Minister, after eight years as health minister, why has the quality of care dropped so far that so many experts, staff and patients are all saying that safety and care are so poor?

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