Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3555 ..
APPENDIX 1: Incorporated in Hansard on 8 December 1998 at page 3221
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION TAKEN ON NOTICE
24 NOVEMBER 1998
Mr Stanhope asked the Minister for Health:
The Department of Health and Community Care Performance Report for September revealed that one third of patients on elective surgery are waiting beyond the desirable timeframes. Wasn't the $16.6 million received by the ACT as way of a bonus for the early signing of the Medicare agreement for this purpose. What is that money being spent on. What part of that money will go towards shortening waiting lists (The Minister undertook to check the specifics). Noting that the VMO dispute ended 5 months ago and there has been no downward trend for waiting lists, how long will it be before we see an improvement in waiting lists and waiting times?
My answer is a follows:
. Having read the Hansard for 24 November, I find that I may have misunderstood Mr Stanhope's statement about the number of persons waiting longer than clinically desirable for elective surgery as a percentage of total waiting lists and I would now wish to set that right.