Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 2360 ..
MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):
I should clarify that the written brief I have received deals only with the allegations about the detainee and what occurred with respect to the supposed supply of alcohol and so on in relation to that incident, or incidents, at the PDC. It does not deal with the allegations in respect of the matters raised by the other person I referred to.
Mr Speaker, I request that any further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Mr Stanhope: I have a question for the Speaker. I would like some guidance on how to ask a question of the Speaker.
Mr Humphries: Question time is over, I am afraid.
Mr Stanhope: I will seek leave.
MR SPEAKER: You can do that.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I advise the Assembly that today I said I would try to get ACTEW to supply further information about SES contracts. I am advised that the information is not yet available, but I will attempt to obtain that information later today.
MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, on 24 September I had a question from Mr Corbell and another question from Mr Quinlan which I took on notice. I have provided the answer to both members in writing. The first one, from Mr Corbell, asked: How does the hospital inform VMOs of cancellation of surgery? How much notice of cancellation needs to be given to avoid payment? How much was paid up to 30 June for scheduled cancelled surgery?
My answer is as follows: The Canberra Hospital always contacts the individual VMOs directly to inform them if their list is cancelled for any reason. The most common single cause for a cancelled theatre list is the non-availability of an ICU bed. Thus, most cancellations occur within 24 hours of the scheduled list. In the contracts prior to 31 May 1998, the Canberra Hospital had to give more than 28 days' notice of cancellation in order to avoid payment. In the current contracts the Canberra Hospital is required to give 14 days' notice in order to avoid payment due to cancellation. Once again the most common cause of cancellation currently is the non-availability of an ICU bed.