Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 2017) . . Page.. 1702 ..
the security system at the Canberra Hospital to be fully restored after the fire of 5 April 2017?
MS FITZHARRIS: I am not sure what Ms Lee means by the security system at the hospital. Certainly, power was restored to the Canberra Hospital at 2 o’clock on the following morning. I will take the specifics of the question on notice.
MS LEE: Minister, were staff at any time during or following the fire unable to access pharmaceuticals in clinical areas because they required swipe cards to access the cupboards?
MS FITZHARRIS: Not that I am aware of. I will take the question on notice.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, when taking that on notice, if the answer is yes, how long were patients delayed in getting access to necessary pharmaceuticals?
MS FITZHARRIS: I am not sure if that was the case, but I will take the question on notice.
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate—employee assistance program
MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the employee assistance program provides employees with confidential, professional counselling on work-related and personal issues. Chief Minister, why did the number of staff in your directorate who accessed the employee assistance scheme triple, from 164 in 2014-15 to 493 in 2015-16, while the number of staff in your directorate increased by only four per cent?
MR BARR: I will seek some advice from the Head of Service. I understand there would have been some administrative changes that may have increased the size of the directorate; I would have thought in advance of four per cent. I will check the exact timing of the dates that Mr Wall has referred to and respond on notice.
MR WALL: Chief Minister, are you concerned that in 2015-16 one-fifth of the staff in your directorate felt the need to access the employee assistance scheme?
MR BARR: It would depend on the nature of their access to the scheme and exactly the issues that they sought to raise. I will take some advice on that and respond if necessary.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, what are you doing to honour your duty of care to the people working in your directorate?
MR BARR: Without lecturing the opposition member on who the employer is in this matter, I do not employ the public servants. The Head of Service has responsibility for these matters under the Public Sector Management Act. But in relation to the personal values that I bring to my job, I think they are on display every day and the leadership I