Page 2150 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 22 June 2005

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Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 7

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Mr Pratt

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.22 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I advise the house that in the absence of the Chief Minister, I will be taking questions relating to his portfolio of Chief Minister’s Department and Ms Gallagher will be taking questions in relation to Attorney-General’s, arts and heritage.

Questions without notice

Calvary Hospital

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the opposition has been informed that a contractor who was working at the Calvary Hospital for one week has contracted a golden staph infection and that, as a result, a theatre at the Calvary Hospital had to be shut down. Minister, the opposition is further informed that the contractor is now in a serious condition from contracting this bacterium. Minister, has there been a recent outbreak of golden staph or other superbugs at the Calvary Hospital? If so, how many cases have been reported and what action has been taken.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am not aware of any such incident but I will take the question on notice and provide and answer to Mr Smyth as soon as possible.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, you might also check if there has been any recurrence of golden staph or other superbugs at the Canberra Hospital.

MR CORBELL: Again, Mr Speaker, I think it is important to make the point that all hospitals from time to time have to manage outbreaks of these types of infection of golden staph. I am not aware of any particular incidents of concern to date at either of our public hospitals. However, I am happy to take the question on notice, clarify with my department what the issue is, whether Mr Smyth’s assertions are correct or not, and provide that information to the Assembly.

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