Page 478 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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data in this instance. Those issues were thoroughly investigated, including by the Auditor-General, in 2012—five years ago.

The review announced yesterday is a comprehensive review into data systems and processes, and I reiterate: there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there has been manipulation of data.

MRS JONES: Are any of the data sets that we are currently concerned with, which you have been discussing, the same data sets that were falsified in 2012?

MS FITZHARRIS: I cannot give a specific answer to that question, but again there is no suggestion of falsified data.

Mrs Jones: Will you take it on notice?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Are there concerns about the integrity of the data which was corrected following the Auditor-General’s report in 2012?

MS FITZHARRIS: Not to my knowledge specifically, but again I will take that question on notice.

ACT Health—reporting accuracy

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. On 14 February, you said in this place:

… I was briefed on the issues regarding the quarterly performance reports last year when I was Assistant Minister for Health. I was not responsible for those reports, but I was briefed at the time.

When you were briefed about the issues regarding the quarterly performance reports, who briefed you and what information were you given?

MS FITZHARRIS: I was briefed on an occasion in 2016 as Assistant Minister for Health. I was present at a briefing to the then Minister for Health, Mr Corbell, and we were briefed by both ACT government health officials and, I believe, on one occasion, those staff members of PricewaterhouseCoopers who were undertaking the review.

MR HANSON: Minister, what actions did you take personally to satisfy yourself, when you became minister, that there were no ongoing problems with the accuracy and integrity of ACT health data?

MS FITZHARRIS: As I indicated in my earlier answer, certainly it was one of the key elements to discuss in my incoming government verbal briefing. I wanted to ensure that the 2015-16 quarterly performance reports were made available as soon as possible, with assurances of course that the data was accurate. That was then done on 9 November.

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