Page 174 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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Mr Seselja: So they’re dodging—

MR SPEAKER: Order. One moment, Ms Gallagher.

MS GALLAGHER: Who knows what they are doing. And I am not really worried about that.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, one moment, please. Stop the clock. Mr Seselja, I have asked you to stop intervening. You are now warned for interjecting. Minister, you have the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: I have finished.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.


MR SPEAKER: Just before I come to you, Mr Doszpot, we are joined in the gallery today by graduates from the ACT public service. I would like to welcome you to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Questions without notice

Hospitals—waiting lists

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health. Yesterday you stated to the Assembly, minister:

… the audit did not find a patient where they had been re-categorised without doctor authority.

The Auditor-General in her report on waiting lists and elective surgery stated:

Audit identified 55 classifications (or 32 per cent) that had no evidence of having been approved by a doctor.

Minister, do you have evidence that shows that the 55 patients that were referred to by the Auditor-General were re-categorised with the authority of a doctor?

MS GALLAGHER: The point I was making yesterday was that we have not been able to find a patient who was re-categorised without some contact with their doctor, whether that meant a doctor’s signature, a phone call, an email, whatever. We have not been able to find one. However, there are 55 cases where, under the waiting list policy, the correct procedures were not followed. Every time I meet a surgeon I ask them. I have not been able to find one patient where the surgeon was not consulted over that reclassification.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

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