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The lead-up to Christmas will also mark the completion of another significant step in returning the residents of Uriarra to their home. Later this week, the expressions of interest for the sale and redevelopment of the three rural villages at Uriarra, Stromlo settlement and Pierces Creek settlement will close. Early next year, the official tender process will commence. The final approval stages for construction of world-class, sustainable villages are in progress, with every expectation of substantial construction commencement during 2005.

Canberra Hospital—clinical governance arrangements

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

The Canberra Hospital—review of clinical governance arrangements—final report, dated December 2004.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to this paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker and members, for your information, I have tabled a report titled Final report of the review of clinical governance arrangements at the Canberra Hospital. This review of neurosurgery services currently being provided by the Canberra Hospital is overwhelmingly supportive of the service.

The review found that the neurosurgery unit at the Canberra Hospital delivered a safe, high-quality service to the people of the ACT and associated regional New South Wales. Furthermore, when compared with the quality in Australian healthcare study data, the adverse event rate in the neurosurgery unit has been shown to be better than the national average recorded at that time. In other words, the occasion of adverse events is lower than the national average.

The review of neurosurgery services at the Canberra Hospital was announced as part of the ACT government’s response to the Patterson report into adverse patient outcomes of neurosurgical services provided by the Canberra Hospital, which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly in December 2003. As the Patterson report drew no specific conclusions regarding the standard of practice in the neurosurgery unit, I requested a review of clinical governance at the Canberra Hospital. This included a retrospective case audit to assure the ACT community of the current standard of care provided by the neurosurgery unit.

The case reviewers, under the lead of Dr Ross Wilson, reviewed the clinical records of patients treated by the neurosurgical service during the financial year 2002-03. The report I have tabled today documents the findings of the review of clinical governance. In summary, and importantly, the reviewers have found the ACT to have a safe neurosurgery service. We are pleased to see that the changes in clinical governance under way at the Canberra Hospital will go a long way to meeting many of the significant recommendations in the report.

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