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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) . . Page.. 1163 ..

The government put out an expression of interest to the marketplace some years ago. I will need to check the exact date that that expression of interest was put forward, but it was an open process inviting expressions of interest from all interested parties.

The process started in 2012. Chief Minister, why have you not disclosed the date that the Dickson Tradies Club first expressed an interest in obtaining this block?

MR BARR: I do not know that I have not done that but I have no problem with a search of government records to identify that date.

MR COE: Chief Minister, did the Tradies approach the government in 2010 and, on the back of that approach, what actions did the government take? And did the government obtain valuation for a potential direct sale?

MR BARR: It was eight years ago, so I will need to have a check of records undertaken by the directorate.

MR PARTON: Chief Minister, when were you first advised that the Dickson Tradies Club was interested in buying this car park?

MR BARR: I refer the member to my answer to the previous questions.

Health Directorate—proposed organisational changes

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, you recently announced that ACT Health would be separated into two organisations, one to focus on health service delivery and the other to focus on health policy. Can you advise the Assembly of the purpose of this separation?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question and the opportunity to talk about a significant change that is coming, and which will be great for our community. As members know, ACT Health is changing in response to our city’s growing needs. As the community grows and our population ages, demand for health services increases, as does the complexity of presentations in our hospitals, our subacute and community-based care. The ACT government is developing new, state-of-the-art facilities and recruiting highly specialised clinicians, medical and nursing staff for a more contemporary health system which includes two, soon to be three, public hospitals and over 7,000 staff to help respond to growing demand.

That is why, on 23 March, Minister Rattenbury and I announced that the Health Directorate will become two distinct organisations. One will be responsible for ACT Health’s clinical operations and will focus on the operational delivery of high quality health services to our growing community. A separate planning and policy organisation will be focused on delivering the strategic and policy ambitions across the health system as a whole, building the health system we need for our future: increasing community health services, embedding preventive health and working with the service delivery organisation to enhance hospital services.

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