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8. $7672.50

9. ACT Health.

10. Procurement was undertaken in accordance with the purchasing principles and guidelines as stated in the Government Procurement Regulation 2007, for services or works less than $25,000.

11. A quotation was sought from the provider and a contract was not required as the amount quoted was below the notifiable contract threshold.

(Question No 773)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 27 October 2017:

(1) What was the start date for the service funding agreement with Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service (CALMS).

(2) On what date does the agreement expire.

(3) Is there an option to extend the agreement; if so, what are the terms of the option.

(4) What is the annual funding provided under the agreement.

(5) Is the annual funding paid more frequently than once per year; if so, how frequently and in what proportions.

(6) What was the tendering process used and if single select, why.

(7) Does the funding provided under the agreement subsidise service fees CALMS charges its patients; if not, for what is the funding intended; if so, by how much.

(8) Does the agreement require CALMS to operate an accredited, afterhours primary medical care service, available to all ACT residents based on clinical need, inclusive of residential aged care facilities; if not, what service is CALMS required to provide.

(9) Why are emergency departments unable to provide the afterhours primary medical care services provided by CALMS.

(10) Do the hours of service provided by CALMS overlap with the opening hours for the nurse-led walk-in clinics; if so, why.

(11) What analysis was made of the cost of providing a CALMS service versus the cost of providing 24/7 service at nurse-led walk-in clinics.

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

1. The start date of the current Service Funding Agreement (SFA) with Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service (CALMS) was 1 October 2016.

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