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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2203 ..

Questions without notice taken on notice

Canberra Hospital—electrical systems

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 9 May 2017):

Decisions to discharge patients or reschedule surgery or outpatient appointments occurred where it was deemed clinically appropriate on a case by case basis.

There has not been a clinical review of discharges which took place on the night of 5 April 2017. Discharged patients receive follow up care through their GPs and outpatients, as required in the normal course of care. Readmissions to hospital within 28 days of discharge are reviewed by ACT Health, as per our normal processes. There were no cancellations of surgery or outpatient appointments. Some surgeries and outpatient appointments were rescheduled, in consultation with clinicians, who are qualified to triage patients according to their clinical needs.

Canberra Hospital—electrical systems

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and supplementary questions by Mrs Dunne and Ms Lee on Tuesday, 10 May 2017):

1. As a result of the switchboard power outage at Canberra Hospital on 5 April 2017, a fault arose with the batteries that are incorporated into the Cardiac Catheter Lab equipment's back up power supply system, which required replacement and recertification prior to the reinstatement of service.

2. It took five days to restore service due to part availability and the recertification process.

3. The Catheter lab uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system is subject to a regular maintenance schedule.

Public housing—Chapman

Ms Berry (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Thursday, 11 May 2017):

The Public Housing Renewal Taskforce (Taskforce) has considered the advice from ACT Fire & Rescue and as a result has ensured that the bushfire analysis completed as part of the Site Investigation Report appropriately considered the risks associated with development of the Chapman site.

The Taskforce has also held further discussions with Housing ACT, who have advised that they have assets already located in Bushfire Prone Areas and that suitable tenants would be considered for allocation to these properties.

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