Page 4599 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 19 October 2010
MS GALLAGHER: If you read the annual reports and things, you will find this. There was a change in the way that Calvary record their access block data, which has changed those results. I think we need to give it a little more time—
Mr Smyth: Oh, always a little more time.
MS GALLAGHER: I do. I think we need to give it a little more time to see—now that Calvary are recording their access block consistently with the way ACT Health requested access block to be categorised, you will see again continued improvement in this area.
MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, will admission to the SAPU mean, for reporting purposes, that patients will be considered to have been admitted to it dead, or will they remain accounted for as being in an emergency department, until such time as they are actually admitted into the appropriate ward?
MS GALLAGHER: No, they will be an admitted patient in the hospital, which they are. That is how these units operate right around the country.
Mr Hanson: They certainly do.
MS GALLAGHER: What—you have had a problem with MAPU operating like that for the last three years, have you? These are patients that require admission to the hospital. What Mr Hanson is trying to suggest is that it is a way to get around access block. But these patients must be admitted type patients. The decision has been taken that they will require admission to the hospital, but it is unclear what part of the hospital they should be admitted to. That is the thing where you are getting it wrong, Mr Hanson. These—
Mr Hanson: Better than a trolley in the corridor anyway, minister.
MS GALLAGHER: Mr Hanson, this is a ward. Patients are expected to be admitted here. They may stay here for 48 hours and go home, if their procedure is relatively straightforward. If it is not, they may be admitted to the surgical short-stay ward or other surgical wards in the hospital, depending on the type of surgical intervention. But it is not the place that I think Mr Hanson is trying to allege because he has to spoil this innovation in the hospital as well. He has to wreck it, he has to oppose it. It is a 16-bed ward, Mr Hanson, and you are trying to create a negative sound around it. This is for patients that are requiring admission to the hospital, regardless of where they go.
Sport—Gungahlin swimming pool
MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for sport and recreation. Minister, in the lead-up to the last election, ACT Labor promised to deliver a 50-metre pool complex to the people of Gungahlin. In a press release dated 4 August 2008 you stated: