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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 26 August 2010) . . Page.. 4089 ..

But the point is that again what is in the station relocation report really does back up, I believe, from the pieces that I have seen, what the Auditor-General said in her report. There are some interesting statements in the letter from the Auditor-General to the committee. It says:

The Minister refers to a fundamental and robust analysis of information on ambulance incidents to inform Audit’s assessment of ACTAS performance as—

and then she quotes him—

“the Auditor invented her own methodology, which is not used by anybody, except her”.

The Auditor responds by saying:

This statement is of particular concern as it could undermine the credibility of the report by misinterpreting a sound and valid analysis used to support the audit findings. The statement effectively dismisses the importance of using properly analysed evidence-based data to identify risks and weaknesses in the delivery of services and to improve services.

Then the auditor goes on to say:

I note that other evidence provided at the same public hearing by the Minister and ACTAS staff seems to contradict the statements by the Minister about the analysis done by Audit.

And I will just read on a little bit:

The Minister and ACTAS staff indicated that, following the audit, ACTAS commenced data analysis, similar to that undertaken by Audit, of the incidents to better inform its decisions on service delivery. For example:

the Chief Officer of the ACT Ambulance Services, Mr Foot stated:

We have also undertaken recently modelling where we are looking at ambulance deployments from Priority 1 point of view on a suburb basis …

That is exactly what the auditor did. She then quotes the minister:

The Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Simon Corbell MLA stated that:

We are doing a detailed analysis of all emergency incidents for the 2009 calendar year by time of day and location …

That is what the auditor did. Then she says:

The Deputy Chief Officer of the Ambulance Services, Mr Dutton stated:

The work that we are currently doing, looking at the 2009 calendar year, looks at both the time of day and the geographic distribution of all our emergency incidents.

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