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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3374 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

clinical incident review committee. Eighteen clients have successfully completed suicides in the past 18 months.

Hospital waiting lists

MR CORBELL: Mrs Cross asked me about an increase in adverse incidents as they relate to the longer than clinically desired waiting period for category 1 surgery. I can advise Mrs Cross and the Assembly that the five category 1 patients who were long-wait patients at the end of June all had their surgery completed in July this year. There is no link between hospital adverse events and the number of long-wait category 1 patients on the elective surgery waiting lists. There are incidents where emergency surgery cases force the postponement of elective surgery. The level and nature of emergency department attendances cannot be predicted and can lead to postponements at very short notice.

Hospital waiting lists

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, during question time on 20 August I said that the ACT government had provided an additional $2 million for elective surgery each year for the next four years which would provide for 600 more people to access elective surgery above the 4,000 or so who already have it. In fact, 7,488 Canberrans, not 4,000, accessed elective surgery during 2002-03.


Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Study trip-Report by Mrs Helen Cross, MLA-Dili, East Timor-30 April to 5 May 2002.

Mr Quinlan , on behalf of Mr Stanhope , presented the following paper:

ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile-June 2003 quarter.

Future of Burnie Court

Ministerial statement

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (3.30): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning the future of Burnie Court.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I wish to inform members of arrangements for the sale of part of the land of the former Burnie Court site in Lyons, as well as options for the subsequent sale or redevelopment of remaining blocks. We have been trying to find a new name for it. We think we might call it Melrose Place, since it is in Melrose Drive!

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