Page 285 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2006

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Public Safety is not compromised. Load sharing is an appropriate strategy for distributing the demand across the ACT public health system.

(Question No 776)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 November 2005:

(1) Have the (a) ACT Clinical Services Plan and (b) The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital Master Planning exercise been completed; if not, why not, and when will they be completed;

(2) Given that in the response to question on notice No 525 the Minister stated that the intensive care unit (ICU) and coronary care unit (CCU) refurbishment at Calvary Hospital was delayed due to the need to complete the projects in part (1) above, will the ICU and CCU refurbishment now go ahead; if not, what was revealed in the projects in part (1) to cease the refurbishment; if so, (a) when will work begin and (b) what works will be undertaken as part of the refurbishment.

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

(1) (a) The Clinical Services Plan is being considered by Government.

(b) Master plans for both hospitals are in the process of completion. The Canberra Hospital Master Plan is being completed in three stages. Stage I – the conceptual plan – was completed in November 2004. The entire Master Plan is expected to be completed by June 2007. Calvary Hospital completed a conceptual plan in September 2002 and undertook a review of this plan in August 2004. The Hospital Executive is currently considering next steps.

(2) A Business Case for the refurbishment of the Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit at Calvary Hospital is currently in development.

The answer to parts (a) and (b) is as follows:

The timing and nature of refurbishment works will be known following the consideration of the Business Case in the budget process.

Hospitals—patient transport
(Question No 779)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 November 2005:

(1) What patient transport services are used by hospitals in the ACT and under what circumstances is each option used;

(2) Are hospital staff often utilised to arrange transport for patients; if so, how often are staff called upon to arrange transport for patients;

(3) Does this interrupt those staff members in undertaking their normal duties;

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