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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2704 ..


Canberra Hospital—plumbing issues(Question No 2515)

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

In relation to the answer given to question on notice No 2047 about removal of copper piping from plumbing systems or brass taps from fire hydrants, have there been any instances of unauthorised removal of (a) copper piping from plumbing systems or (b) brass taps from fire hydrants, at The Canberra Hospital; if yes, (i) what investigations were undertaken, (ii) what resulted from those investigations, (iii) what materials were used to replace them and (iv) if other materials were used, why.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Canberra Health Services are not aware of any instances of unauthorised removal of copper piping from plumbing systems or brass taps from fire hydrants, at Canberra Hospital, during the timeline specified in the related Question on Notice.


Health—hydrotherapy(Question No 2516)

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

(1) In relation to the hydrotherapy pool at each of (a) The Canberra Hospital and (b) the University of Canberra Public Hospital, for the year 2018-19 (to the date on which this question was published in the questions on notice paper), (i) how many times was the pool closed for routine maintenance, (ii) what was the average length of closure, (iii) how many times was the pool closed due to unplanned equipment breakdown, (iv) what was the average length of closure, (v) what equipment was involved, (vi) was the equipment repaired or replaced, (vii) how many times was the pool closed for planned equipment replacement, (viii) what was the average length of closure, (ix) what equipment was involved and (x) during each of the years 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2018-19 (to 31 March 2019), what was the cost for (A) routine maintenance, (B) unplanned equipment breakdown, (C) unplanned equipment replacement and repairs and (D) planned equipment replacement.

(2) On what date was it first proposed to close the hydrotherapy pool at The Canberra Hospital.

(3) What reasons were given for the proposed closure.

(4) In forming the decision to propose closure of the pool, what work did the government do to (a) measure current demand, (b) assess future demand, (c) undertake an audit of what other suitably specified facilities were available, (d) whether those other facilities had the capacity to meet current and future demand and (e) assess the capacity of the pool at the University of Canberra Public Hospital to meet current and future demand.

(5) What were the outcomes of that work.


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