Page 1082 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 16 March 2005

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Duty Driving (UDD), are appropriately trained and work in accordance with safe work practice. This includes understanding and accounting for the limitation of fire-fighting vehicles designed for off-road situations, and having the skills and correct mental attitude to undertake UDD. Training and assessments undertaken are being undertaken to ensure that personnel responding to rural fires meet these requirements … Land Managers are working closely with the ACT RFS to refine existing training and operational procedures;

B) Personnel with requisite skills and attitude necessary to undertake UDD will be permitted to respond to bushfires in accordance with the ACT RFS Standard Operating Procedure being developed for this activity;

C) Parks and Forests Brigade personnel can proceed immediately to bushfires … It is worth noting the land management personnel are on a bushfire roster that enables them to respond immediately … during duty periods;

Health—breast screening

Canberra Hospital—patient treatment

MR CORBELL: I refer to some questions I took on notice both today and last week. Firstly, last week in the Assembly Mrs Burke asked me a question regarding a Canberra woman with breast cancer. I advised that, if she would like to provide me with the details of the patient, I would seek further advice. I can inform members that to maintain patient confidentiality I will respond to Mrs Burke in a letter. However, I would like to make the following points.

Firstly, I would like to remind members that BreastScreen ACT is a screening service aimed at well women. Women who express a concern about having to wait for a mammogram either because of a previous family history or because of current breast symptoms are advised to make an immediate appointment with their GP. Over the Christmas and new year period, BreastScreen was closed between 17 December and 10 January inclusive. All BreastScreen clients who had an appointment in December 2004 were informed of possible delays in receiving their results due to the closure of the clinic over this period.

In relation to the specific claim that Mrs Burke made in relation to whether breast surgery was cancelled on 7 March, I am advised that the patient Mrs Burke referred to underwent her surgery on 14 March as scheduled and that no breast surgery was cancelled on 7 March.

Today in question time Mr Stefaniak asked me a question about postponements for elective surgery, including both hospitals. From January 2004 to January 2005 there have been 1,349 postponements. These postponements have occurred for a variety of reasons, such as an emergency, staff sickness or no ICU bed. Of this figure, only 100 postponements have been due to no bed.

Personal explanations

MR PRATT (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I seek to leave to make a clarifying statement under standing order 46.

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