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Answers to questions

Public interest disclosure
(Question No 2047)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 6 May 2008 (redirected to the Acting Chief Minister):

Can the Minister provide details of dates of training in regard to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994, provided by ACT Government to its employees, including its Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner, chief executive officers of ACT Health and the Injury Prevention and Management Unit of ACT Health, its managers and supervisors; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Within the ACT Government, Senior Executives Responsible for Business Integrity and Risk (SERBIR) are responsible for both the provision of information regarding Public Interest Disclosures (PID) and the handling of any such disclosures within their individual agencies. This information is primarily made available to ACT Public Service staff through a range of publications, including the ACT Integrity Policy.

Within ACT Health, I can advise that executives of ACT Health attended a briefing session on PID legislation and management provided by the Government Solicitor’s office in February 2008, and information relating to PID processes was provided to ACT Health staff via a Chief Executives’ Alert in March 2008.

Seniors—hospital care
(Question No 2053)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) How is food delivered and presented to elderly patients on the wards at (a) Calvary Public Hospital and (b) The Canberra Hospital and what system is in place for those who are unable to feed themselves;

(2) Are sealed plastic containers used for food delivered to elderly patients;

(3) Do health care and/or hospital staff have the ability to override the administrative arrangements regarding how food is delivered, presented and returned if the elderly person is unable to feed themselves;

(4) How many times, during the last five years, 2003 to 2008, have issues and/or complaints been raised in regard to the feeding of elderly patients in Canberra’s public hospitals;

(5) What action was taken in relation to such complaints.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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