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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3522 ..



Elective Surgery Waiting Lists

Mr Stanhope - on 17 November 1998 asked the Minister for Health and Community Care questions in relation to data on elective surgery waiting lists:

(1) What distribution procedures are in place for distribution of the monthly waiting list data for (a) Canberra and (b) Calvary Hospital.

(2) Could you arrange for Assembly Members to receive this data at the same time as the AMA and the media receive it.

Mr Moore - The answers to Mr Stanhope's questions are as follows:

(1) For several years now, elective surgery waiting list data for both The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital has been made available to the Legislative Assembly Members in the form of tabled monthly hospital information bulletins. These bulletins, along with activity data and clinical indicators, provide information on the number of patients waiting for elective surgery by speciality, at the end of each month.

(2) In December 1998 as an ACT first, I made available to the GP's through the ACT Division of General Practice, the November 1998 elective surgery waiting list data by specialist, for patients at The Canberra and Calvary Public Hospitals. This provided the following information to the GP's by speciality for each of the specialists:

. the number of patients added to the hospital waiting list during November;

. the number of patients admitted to hospital from the waiting list during November;

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