Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3847 ..
MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, it is a shame that Mr Osborne is not here as I would like to add to a question I responded to in a previous sitting when he raised the issue of medical imaging and CT scans for children. I would like to say that the hospital has responded to his raising of the issue in a positive way. His concern at the time was that young children were being asked to fast for long periods because of the scheduling of the procedures. The schedules have now been able to be changed. Two sessions per month are conducted in the imaging department of the Canberra Hospital with children who require general anaesthetic to have MRI or CT scans. These sessions are presently held in the afternoon. Professor David Elward, the Deputy Chief Executive, Clinical, said in a press release yesterday that the hospital had been able to review scheduling within the medical imaging department and make changes that will benefit these young patients without disadvantaging any of the other patients. I would like to share that good news with members.
MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, apparently in answer to Mr Wood, I said that a program was run by Barnardos. I am advised that the program to which I was referring is run by Marymead, not Barnardos. I just make that correction.
MR SMYTH: Further to the answer I gave Ms Tucker at question time on public consultation, I have since been advised that we have had some difficulty in getting the draft document up onto the website and that, in fact, it will not be available tomorrow. With that in mind, given that we have not fulfilled what we had said, I will extend the consultation period to 28 January 2000.
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a personal explanation pursuant to standing order 46.
MR SPEAKER: Proceed.
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I have been Gary-ed by Mr Stefaniak. I have been misrepresented. Mr Stefaniak heaped derision on me about what my attitude might be in relation to the Wanniassa merger. Mr Stefaniak has misrepresented me on that score. I do not have any difficulty at all with the Wanniassa merger provided that the people involved in the process have been satisfied with the processes that have been followed. Mr Speaker, I note that no school has been closed at Wanniassa.