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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3145 ..

Nursing Acuity System ($0.200m) to assist nurses in determining the number of nurses needed to safely care for the given number of patients and their assessed acuity. Procurement action will proceed once nurses have voted on the interim classification system they wish to use as part of the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

Rostering Systems ($0.300m) for medical officers and nurses. Procurement action on the medical officers system should be completed in November 2002 and the nursing system will commence once rollout of medical officers system has been deemed successful. This expected to occur by March 2003.

Unexpended equipment and systems funding is held by The Canberra Hospital to meet the commitments as detailed above as they fall due during 2002-03.

SACS Award $2.800m

The employee costs of each Non Government Health Organisation were estimated by agencies in relation to the impact of the SACS award. This review identified a total need of $2.1 million as an interim payment to meet the award increase effective from 25 July 2001.

The Department of Health and Community Care drew down $2.1 million (the remainder was retained by Government) and this funding was paid to Non Government

Organisations for the interim SPACE adjustment in recognition of 11 months of the SACS award.

Nurses EBB $6.600m

This funding was to provide for the impact of the Nursing Enterprise Bargaining Agreement at The Canberra Hospital and flow on effects at Calvary Public Hospital and ACT Community Care. The funding was drawn down by ACT Health and Community Care and paid in out in full prior to 30 June 2002.

Supplementary appropriation

(Question No 268)

Mr Humphries asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Regarding the amount of $250 000 appropriated in the Appropriation Act 2001-2002 (No 2) subsection 2, section 6, can the Treasurer advise:

(a) What projects were funded through this appropriation.

(b) Whether all the funds appropriated in this Act were used by 30 June 2002.

(c) If not, what has happened to the funds left over.

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