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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2703 ..


(2) The ACT, like all other jurisdictions, has access to the PBS through the National Health Act 1953.

(3) The agreements signed between the Australian Government and other jurisdictions are negotiated and managed bilaterally. Consequently, my directorate is not aware of the details of those agreements to which it is not a signatory.

(4) Please see response to question (2).


Minister for Health and Wellbeing—briefing(Question No 2514)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 17 May 2019 (redirected to the Minister for Health):

In relation to the answer given to question on notice No 2133 about figures provided in ministerial brief GBC18/174, (a) why did the Minister fail to answer the specific questions asked, (b) will the Minister now provide specific answers to the questions asked; if not, why and (c) what are the specific answers to the questions asked.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) The previous Minister provided a broad response that explained the context for the table and the numbers contained therein.

(b) Please see below.

(c) The answers to all questions from QON 2133 are as follows:

(1) Existing # = Existing number of beds, theatres, laboratories, helipads or ambulance bays (spaces) within those functional areas considered within the Project’s scope.

Project # = The number of spaces planned within each functional area within the Project’s scope at that point in time.

(2) Net Growth = Spaces that currently exist, plus project number, minus spaces that will be removed during the course of the project.

Total Canberra Hospital = Final number of spaces projected at the completion of the project.

(3) The formulae do not vary from those highlighted in responses to (1) and (2), however on further investigation it was identified the “Net Growth” column contains errors.

(4) As per the unredacted brief you received under Freedom of Information in February 2019, the formulae appear to be simple mathematical equations as described in the response to (2).

(5) As outlined in the response to (3), it has been identified that the “Net Growth” column contains errors.

(6) Given that the table was produced at a point in time and that correct “Net Growth” figures can be calculated with the remaining fields, which I have been advised are correct, I will not be providing a corrected table.



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