Page 758 - Week 02 - Thursday, 25 February 2010

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MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, this war that you are surprised about: do you remember as a minister, perhaps, having any issues around tensions in the obstetric service—that Mr Moore may have been dealing with; indeed, Mr Berry may have been dealing with? You just cannot come in here and pretend that you were unaware of issues that have existed in the obstetric community.

As far as the matters relating to ACT Health have gone, and the responses that we were needing to provide in relation to that own initiative investigation, which predated my time as minister, to my understanding they have all been implemented.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Yes. Minister, with regard to the complaints about the resignation of seven registrars, what were the primary findings of the review and what changes were made by you to implement them?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not sure I am aware of what review Mr Hanson is talking about.

Mr Hanson: The review that you referred to yesterday.

MS GALLAGHER: The own initiative investigation?

Mr Hanson: Indeed.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, you have got the report, and you have got the government response to that.

Mr Hanson: And I asked you what changes were made by you to implement them. What did you do?

Mr Seselja: Why won’t you answer?

MS GALLAGHER: I have answered it. They have been implemented.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, given that we are facing, in your own words, the exact situation that we were five years ago, doesn’t your answer demonstrate a complete lack of action in dealing with this 10-year war?

MS GALLAGHER: No, it does not. The reviews that are underway are yet to determine the allegations that have been put. Perhaps we can let the reviews that have been announced and will be finalised this week be dealt with. In terms of during my time as minister having any complaints brought to my attention, I meet regularly—let us just go through them—with the Medical Board, the Health Services Commissioner,

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