Page 380 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: That relates to one patient who refused to be taken out of an ambulance.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, this has fallen from 100 per cent in 2011-12. What action has been taken to ensure that all category 1 patients are seen on time in the future?

MS GALLAGHER: All category 1 patients are seen on time except for one patient who refused to be taken out of an ambulance. In that instance, they required some care and attention and some gentle persuasion to leave the ambulance. They were seen and were attended to by medical staff at all times, but under the timeliness rules about how to actually clock on they did not make it into the resuscitation area within the time that is specified for category 1. It relates to one patient.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, is this occurrence of patients refusing to leave the ambulance something that has occurred in the past or is it a one-off occurrence?

MS GALLAGHER: I am sorry to have ruined this question, but I think when you go back—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: No, Mr Hanson. I did hear your glee at saying that all five categories had seen reduced performance, so we do know that you have been celebrating that and whooping it up. No-one had come to me to ask what did that mean about life-threatening conditions not being seen on time. But as you can see, for the benefit of you, Mrs Jones, 100 per cent seen immediately has been what has been achieved in both emergency departments for as many years as I have been health minister. This occurrence relates to one person.

National Multicultural Festival—services

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Minister, I have received representations from stallholders at the Multicultural Festival on the weekend raising concerns about the allocation of some specific services. Could you please outline how power allocations were determined to stallholders, given that they all had diverse power needs?

MS BURCH: I thank the member for her question. I note that she was out and about and I hope that she enjoyed the festival. It was indeed a great success. Early figures are showing that we exceeded last year’s figures of—

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister Burch, standing order 118(a) requires you to be concise and go directly to the point. The question was about the allocation of power.

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