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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3451 ..

The Director-General continues to meet with RACS representatives on a regular basis and this item will be retained as an agenda item for discussion.

Canberra Hospital—trauma services
(Question No 365)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

(1) Has the Minister failed to answer my letter dated 6 April 2017 about the status of The Canberra Hospital (TCH) trauma services verification by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and my follow-up letter of 15 June 2017; if so, why.

(2) In relation to trauma services at TCH, (a) how much ACT Government budget funding was allocated for establishing suitably verified services in 2016-17.

(3) How much of the budget allocation was expended during 2016-17 and on what (please provide details of line items and cost for each).

(4) If there was no budget allocation, why, and is there a funding allocation in the 2017-18 budget.

(5) Has ACT Health finalised a model of care for trauma services at TCH; if not, why, and when will it finalise the model

(6) If ACT Health has finalised a model of care for trauma services at TCH, has ACT Health submitted the model of care to the RACS for verification; if not, why, and when will it submit the model of care; if so, when did ACT Health submit the model of care for verification, what was the outcome and what action did ACT Health take in response.

(7) How are current trauma services delivered and managed.

(8) What is the management structure for the services.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A response to your correspondence of 6 April 2017 was directed to your office in early August 2017. I would like to apologise for the delay, additional time was taken to finalise the trauma model of care.

(2) The ACT Government allocated $2.181 million in the 2016-17 financial year for Trauma Service delivery.

(3) As at the end of June 2017, $1.263 million on labour and operating expenses.

Nursing salaries

$0.483 million

Medical salaries

$0.524 million

Other labour expenses

$0.130 million

Operating expenses

$0.126 million

(4) The response to this has been provided in the previous two questions.

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