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of appropriate resources to ensure the whole program is delivered in the most streamlined, economic and least destructive manner for ACT Health and the people using our health system. It is important to note that this stage will address the full scope of planning, design, and project direction for the anticipated 10-year program.

The provision for phase 1 clinical services redevelopment will provide the necessary asset and capital footprint for the commencement of the rest of the anticipated $1 billion overhaul of the health system—more beds, more operating theatres, new emergency departments, and new ICU outpatient and clinical support areas. In addition, the funding includes refurbishment of existing facilities, the cost of relocations to enable construction to take place, feasibility studies and forward design for future initiatives and early construction of major work. A key component of this feasibility planning and design is for an integrated cancer care centre that will bring together the different facets of cancer management and research in one location, allowing patients and their families to access all necessary services in one place.

This is the most ambitious and comprehensive plan ever developed for the future of our health services. The plan has come together following extensive liaison and consultation across the health spectrum, including clinicians, administrators and health service consumers. I would like to put on the record my thanks to all of those who have worked on the development of the plan that will drive the future of the ACT’s public health system. While the plan provides a framework for the development of our health system’s infrastructure over the next generation, it also ensures that our public health facilities will have the flexibility to effectively respond to changes to the way services are provided or changes in demand for services over time.

The plan is also affordable. By setting out a timetable for the redevelopment of our health facilities over the next eight to 10 years we can also plan our expenditures to ensure that we deliver this impressive package of enhancement in a financially responsible manner. The plan is further demonstration of the government’s commitment to ensure that the people of the ACT will continue to be able to access safe, high-quality and affordable health services well into the future. I look forward to the Assembly’s support for this plan.

Appropriation Bill 2008-2009

[Cognate papers:
Estimates 2008-2009—Select Committee report
Estimates 2008-2009—Select Committee—report—government response]

Debate resumed.

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations

Proposed expenditure—part 1.1—Legislative Assembly Secretariat—$5,878,000 (net cost of outputs), $212,000 (capital injection), $4,974,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $11,064,000

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