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(4) How many patients were overdue for elective surgical treatment, in all categories, at (a) The Canberra Hospital and (b) Calvary Hospital at the end of (i) July 2005 and (ii) August 2005.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

As advised in the Assembly on 6 March 2005

”the multiplicity of regular performance and activity reports on the ACT public health system that have developed over time will also be overhauled. These, too, will be realigned to ensure that we report more accurately and consistently on the strategic priorities of the system and not waste scarce resources in the production of endless reports, which were products of the past and not reflective of the priorities of the future”.

Also advised in a media release on 11 August 2005 the Access to Elective Surgery Report, and the individual hospital waiting list statistics will no longer be published. Access to elective surgery will be reported quarterly as part of the new consolidated performance report on ACT Health services.

This new report will include information on the length of time people are waiting for elective surgery. The indicators that will be included are:

• The percentage of category one (urgent), category two (semi-urgent) and category 3 (non-urgent) patients that are admitted on time;

• The elective surgery postponement rate;

• Mean waiting times to admission by category;

• The 50th and 90th percentiles waiting times by category; and

• The number of removals from the waiting list for surgery.

• The number of people waiting for surgery will be reported every 6 months.

In addition, on 15 October 2005 ACT Health commenced the publication of surgeons waiting times on the Elective Surgery Information page. This information can be viewed at

Sport and recreation—netball
(Question No 673)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 22 September 2005:

(1) Are there any plans to include funding for a dedicated netball facility in the Gungahlin area in the 2006-07 ACT Budget;

(2) If funding is to be considered for such a facility, what timeframes would be set to commence construction of the facility and when, approximately, would the facility be completed.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No funding is currently allocated for this facility in the capital works program. The make up of the 2006-07 Budget is yet to be finalised by the Government.

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