Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3184 ..
(3) At any time before 15 March 2018, was the Minister given any formal briefing minutes or other documents about the proposed restructure of the Health Directorate; if so, (a) what briefing minutes or other documents were given to the Minister, (b) on what dates did the Minister receive those minutes or other documents, (c) what was the Minister’s response to those minutes or other documents and (d) on what dates did the Minister communicate that response to the relevant persons.
(4) On what date did the Minister first become aware that the former Director-General of the Health Directorate would be seeking other opportunities.
(5) Was the Minister, at any time, involved in any discussions about the former Director-General’s attitude towards the restructure of the directorate and her future with the directorate; if so, (a) on what dates were those discussions held, (b) with whom were those discussion held, (c) what did the Minister discern was the former Director-General’s attitude, (d) what scenarios were considered and (e) what conclusions were reached.
Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) 16 March 2018.
a. As outlined in the response to the question taken on notice on 11 April 2018, the proposal to restructure ACT Health was discussed and developed over a number of months and involved a number of phone and in-person conversations between myself and the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Noting the informal nature of some of these discussions it is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of dates when the matter was discussed with me.
b. Refer to answer to Question 2a.
c. A range of information was presented and considered as part of these discussions, including the Governance Scan of Australian Health Departments and Directorates prepared for ACT Health in December 2017.
d. The information was discussed and considered by both myself and the Minister for Health and Wellbeing over a number of months. This involved consideration of a range of factors including what the benefits of a potential restructure would be, any potential issues this could create and strategies for mitigating those issues.
e. Ultimately, after considering all of these factors, I concluded that the separation of ACT Health into two separate entities would enable a clearer focus on efficiency and effectiveness for health service operations, and also free up capacity to undertake core strategy and systems manager functions.
f. I conveyed these conclusion to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing as part of our discussions.
g. As noted in the answer to Question 2a, I am unable to provide specific dates for when these discussions took place.