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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4055 ..


(1) In relation to the hospital bypass on 1 July 2019, what time was the decision taken and who took the decision.

(2) Who was consulted before the decision to implement a bypass was taken.

(3) When were the (a) Minister for Health and (b) CEO of Canberra Health Services, consulted or advised.

(4) What factors led to the decision to implement a hospital bypass on 1 July 2019.

(5) How many patients were discharged as a result of the hospital bypass and when were they discharged.

(6) How many patients were transferred to private hospitals and (a) which private hospitals where they transferred to, (b) when were these patients transferred and (c) what was the cost of the transfers.

(7) When was the decision made to end the bypass arrangements and who made the decision.

(8) Who was consulted before the decision to end the bypass arrangement.

(9) What factors led to the end of the bypass arrangement.

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

(1) The decision to go on ambulance bypass was made by the Canberra Hospital (CH) Commander at 9am.

(2) CH Commander, CH Emergency Department Admitting Officer, CH Director of Nursing Patient Flow, relevant CH management positions involved in patient flow, ACT Ambulance Service and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.

(3) It was not part of the formal process to advise the Minister for Health. The process has now been updated to include advice to the Minister.

The CEO was advised soon after the decision was made.

(4) There were IT issues at CH which impacted access to patient information.

(5) All decisions to discharge patients are made based on whether it is clinically appropriate to do so, not as a result of an ambulance bypass.

(6) Nil.

(a), (b), (c) Not applicable.

(7) 9.30am. The decision was made by the CH Commander.

(8) CH Commander, CH Emergency Department Admitting Officer, CH Director of Nursing Patient Flow, relevant CH management positions involved in patient flow, ACT Ambulance Service and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.

(9) IT issues were resolved.



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