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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 May 2018) . . Page.. 1634 ..


MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.21): I thank Mrs Dunne for the opportunity again to talk about the important healthcare services that the government is delivering for our community. I have circulated an amendment. Mrs Dunne has kept me quite busy for the last couple of days; if I could have provided it earlier, I would have. I move:

Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“(1) notes that:

(a) maternity services for the Canberra community are safe and high quality and recent reporting of some staff and patient concerns have been promptly addressed and acted upon by ACT Health, and include planning for managing future demand for maternity services in the ACT;

(b) the accreditation process for ACT Health is continuing, following initial feedback that 176 core criteria were met and 33 core criteria were not met and required further action;

(c) ACT Health will be separated into two organisations, with one organisation focused on the strategic policy and planning stewardship of the health system and another organisation focused on the operations and delivery of quality health services to our growing community, in order to improve the governance, performance and accountability of the ACT public health system;

(d) in the 2017-18 Budget, the ACT Government provided $236m to plan, design and commence construction of the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiation and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre;

(e) the impact of increased demand on ACT Health, noting patient presentations to The Canberra Hospital and Health Services Emergency Department increased from 77 747 during 2015-16 to 85 093 during 2016-17 which is a 9.4 percent increase;

(f) in February, the ACT Government announced an additional $6.4m to reduce the number of patients waiting for surgery on the elective surgery waiting list;

(g) the ACT Health System-Wide Data Review has recently been completed;

(h) Calvary Public Hospital is an important part of the ACT public health system and the trusted partnership between ACT Health and Calvary will continue through an improved agreement for the delivery of public health services for Canberra and the region;

(i) the Government has invested in the redevelopment of Canberra and Calvary operating theatres to ensure they are contemporary, fit for purpose and support the cross-territory management of elective surgery; and


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