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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3523 ..

. the number of patients remaining on the hospital waiting list at the end of November; and

. Of those waiting at the end of November, the percentage of patients waiting longer than clinically desirable.

In short, information of this nature will help provide GP's with an indication of patient demand, throughput or clearance rate per month, and inappropriate waits for a particular elective surgery service offered by each specialist. I plan to provide GP's with this level of information for each month on a regular basis.

The elective surgery waiting list data has not been provided to the AMA and the media. It is my current intention to provide this data only to the GP's where it should make a real difference in achieving a better spread in patients waiting across a range of specialities. After all, it is the GP who usually makes the decision as to which specialist a particular patient should be referred to. As to the request to receive waiting list data, I am more than happy to provide the Assembly Members with this around the same time as the ACT Division of General Practice receive it.

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