Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2022 ..
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION
Question No 239
Woden Valley Hospital - Treatment of Neck Injury
Mr Berry - asked the Minister for Health and Community Care on notice on 22 May 1996
(1) What action have you taken over the recent report of misdiagnosis of a broken neck at Woden Valley Hospital.
(2) Considering that this incident and revelation that dogs have been treated at our major public hospital have had a negative impact on public confidence in our health system, what steps have you put in place to not only improve the quality but also to restore that public confidence.
Mrs Carnell - the answer to the Member's question is:
(1) The incident reported in the press over an alleged misdiagnosis of a broken neck at Woden Valley Hospital has been reviewed extensively by the Orthopaedic Department.
(2) It is not possible to assert that either of these incidents have had a significant negative impact on public confidence in our health system. Positive comments regarding care at the hospital significantly outweigh the negative comments or the incidents reported in the press.