Page 5703 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 6 December 2011

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MR SPEAKER: One moment, Mr Corbell. Stop the clocks, thank you. Mr Coe, you are now warned. I just asked to be able to hear the minister and as soon as he started again you shouted straight across the chamber. You leave me very little choice. Minister, do you have anything further to add?


Hospitals—waiting times

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health. The ACT emergency department report card August 2011—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let us hear Mr Doszpot’s question.

Mr Barr interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Barr, thank you.

MR DOSZPOT: Mr Barr, it is going to be wonderful if I can ask some other questions later but I will take my time—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, thank you, the question.

MR DOSZPOT: The ACT emergency department report card for August 2011, which you released on 30 November, shows that overall presentations to the emergency departments in the ACT seen within the clinically recommended time have decreased from the same period measured last year. Why has the number of patients being seen on time decreased in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: The government has agreed to release the report card, in addition to the elective surgery report card, to be very clear with the Canberra community about the performance of our two public hospitals. As members would be aware from reading the report card, there were some reductions in timeliness at Calvary hospital. We have been looking at those closely. It does appear that there are some data reporting analysis.

Mr Smyth: She has contradicted herself, has she?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I have not contradicted myself. If you look at the latest data that I have available to me, which is October—and it goes through some verification process before it is released—there is improvement from both public hospitals, indeed, building on the August 2011 report. That information will be released to the community when it has gone through the necessary processes. But the latest data—

Mr Hanson: A secret report.

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