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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 7 June 2016) . . Page.. 1756 ..

MR CORBELL: we report worse performance than actually occurred—

Mr Hanson: Sneaky Simon.

MR CORBELL: Madam Speaker, Mr Hanson knows the form of this place.

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Withdraw, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MR CORBELL: If the suggestion from the Leader of the Opposition is that we report worse performance than is actually the case as a deliberate tactic, then I think he has been—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson.

MR CORBELL: I think Mr Hanson has been reading just a little bit too much Machiavelli.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, based on your false data, why did you claim that ED waiting times were improving when that was not true?

MR CORBELL: Mr Hanson’s assertion is untrue.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR CORBELL: It is completely untrue. We reported as a result of an error in two areas only worse performance than was actually the case.

Hospitals—obstetrical complications

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released on 16 March this year revealed that Canberra hospitals had the highest rate of hospital acquired complications in the country. For example, Canberra women and babies have the highest rates of hospital acquired problems of anywhere in Australia. These problems can be complications of or unsuccessful interventions in labour and delivery. The higher rates of complications are for both women who are day patients and for those who stay overnight. Canberra hospitals have similar levels of complex patients as the rest of the country, as is indicated, for example, by the fact that we have caesarean rates similar to the rest of the nation. Minister, if Canberra births are generally no more complex than in other states and territories, why do day patient women giving birth in Canberra have higher rates of complications after childbirth than women elsewhere?

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