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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2608 ..


provide a very high quality of care for patients and I do not think that it is helpful to constantly be putting a narrative out in the public domain that questions the quality of care provided by clinicians, nurses and all staff across our hospital system.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, does discharging people into homelessness align with ACT Health’s aim of providing the safest healthcare system in the country?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: No.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what is your plan to ensure that patients are never discharged into homelessness?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Lawder for the supplementary. I think I may not have thanked Mrs Dunne for her question; so I thank her for that as well and for raising this very important issue. It is important that Canberra Health Services works with other parts of government to ensure that, on discharge, patients and consumers have the support they need to return to safe environments.

Indeed, I am not going to take the premise of the question that Canberra Hospital is discharging people into homelessness on face value. I will provide some further information to the Assembly. But what I can assure Ms Lawder and Mrs Dunne is that I will look into this matter and ensure that Canberra Health Services is working across government to ensure that people are getting the support they need on discharge.

Transport Canberra—weekend bus services

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the minister for transport: which ACT government bus services will not be operating as scheduled this weekend?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. As I advised the community yesterday, it is important that they check the NXTBUS app around 90 minutes before their journey to make sure they know if the services are coming. That information is provided through the app.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, will you publish a list of bus services today that will not be operating this coming weekend?

MR STEEL: No.

MRS JONES: Why not?

MR STEEL: Because that is not how the system operates.

Justice—drug and alcohol court

MS CODY: My question is to the Attorney-General. How will the appointment of the ACT’s first drug and alcohol court judge help make Canberra safer as a community?


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