Page 4773 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 November 2018

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(1) For each month during 2018, up to the date on which this question was placed on the questions on notice paper (a) how many CT scans taken at the Canberra Hospital were sent off-site for analysis and reporting and (b) why were CT scans sent off-site for analysis and reporting.

(2) Does ACT Health or Canberra Hospital and Health Services have contracts with external providers to analyse and report on CT scans; if yes (a) who are the contractors, (b) what is the value of each contract, (c) what are the contract numbers, (d) what indemnities are in place for the government and (e) what indemnities are in place for each contractor.

(3) If there is no contract, what governance, including, but not limited to, indemnities, are in place for off-site analysis and reporting of CT scans.

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


a) Between 1 Jan 2018 to 21 September 2018, there have been 833 studies reported by the offsite reporter.

b) Medical imaging is a critical tool for clinicians to ensure timely outcomes for patients. Using an offsite provider provides timely access to results to ensure appropriate continuity of care. This is a strategy that has the support of senior radiologists and is used in hospitals across the country. This strategy will continue to be used to manage unplanned leave, and is not planned to be long term.


a) Canberra Health Services (CHS) has one offsite provider (Everlight) to report studies.

b) For computerised tomography (CT) scans in the period 1 January 2018 to 21 September 2018, the value is approximately $100, 000.

c) CHS has confirmed that all procurement processes were followed for the original service agreement, however we are advised that the contract was not loaded onto the register at the time. Canberra Hospital Services can confirm that following a recent procurement process, we are currently finalising a new contract and this will be published on the contract register. Once completed, we expect this to be finalised by the end of November 2018.

d) Medical indemnity insurance is provided by the contractor for all reporting radiologists.

e) Public liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance and workers compensation

(3) Not applicable

(Question No 1871)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

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