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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 44 ..

MR SPEAKER: I think there is a matter before the house on this subject.

Mr Berry: No, there is not.

Mr Moore: Yes, it is on the notice paper.

Ms McRae: It cannot be on the notice paper for what you did between last time and now. He is asking a different question.

Mr De Domenico: Mr Speaker, can I suggest that you seek advice from the Clerk and give a ruling accordingly?

MR SPEAKER: I am doing that.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, I was putting it in context. My question is a simple one: What action has Mrs Carnell taken since 6 December last year to attract 100 per cent bulk-billing doctors to our community health centres, and how many doctors has she recruited? That is the question.

MRS CARNELL: I am happy to answer that question.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I will allow that question.

MRS CARNELL: I think it is very much part of a debate that, hopefully, we will be having at some stage in the next fortnight. As I said to the Assembly last year, I will do my very best to get 100 per cent bulk-billing doctors to our health centres.

Mr Berry: Did that include giving them all the records of the patients?

MRS CARNELL: That included such issues as offering 30 per cent reductions in rent, offering what I think are very reasonable deals with regard to equipment and so on.

Mr Berry: And offering the ones who went all the records?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Berry has brought up the question of patient records. Patient records, as Mr Berry knows, remain the property of ACT Health, but copies of patient records are being made available immediately to patients, as soon as they sign a release form, if they are looking to going to another doctor - without any questions asked. Mr Berry is simply wrong there yet again.

Ms McRae: Answer the question.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Berry was interjecting, Ms McRae, so I was answering his interjection.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry did not ask the question. Just confine yourself to Mr Whitecross's question.

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