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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017

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Parliamentary Record 9


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QUESTIONS Tuesday 21 November 2017 542 ANSWER Madam Speaker, I sense the excitement in the House when we talk about the Palmerston hospital. I pick up on the interjections from those oppositea great CLP idea that you failed to deliver. We can all talk about one of the most famous media conferences in the Northern Territory, when the media were taken out and shown Members interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Minister, please pause. I know everyone gets very excited about the Litchfield regional hospital, but I would like to hear the ministers reply. Ms FYLES: Yes, Madam Speaker. There is much to talk about regarding the Palmerston Regional Hospital from a government that not just talks about it, but delivers. For people of Palmerston and the rural area, it is exciting that after the chaotic, dysfunctional CLP government that dug holes, filled them in, used special concrete and did everything but deliver a hospital, there is a hospital taking shape. Territorians deserve to have quality health services and jobs as close to home as possible. Construction of the Palmerston Regional Hospital is on track and on budget for completion in March 2018, and then the commissioning phase will begin. Hopefully the hospital will open in July 2018 so residents of Palmerston and the rural area can access health services closer to home in a state-of-the-art facility. This hospital, which is a campus of the Royal Darwin Hospital, will not only provide services to residents of the Palmerston area, but it will also help ease pressure at Royal Darwin Hospital. We have commenced the recruitment strategy for engagement of up to 300 new staff. You read my media release, Madam Speaker, and contacted me. People can find information about jobs at the hospital on the NTG website. I have asked them to make sure those links are easy for people to find. Talking to family and friends, I know some people would like the opportunity to work a little closer to home and in their community. Last week the first advertisements were published to recruit 20 emergency department nurses. These nurses will receive extensive training at the emergency department of Royal Darwin Hospital before starting at the new hospital. I was pleased to meet representatives of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and talk to them about our plans for recruiting and making sure we have a high-quality staffing team to deliver services to Territorians. The Palmerston hospital will employ a range of workers, from health practitioners such as doctors, nurses, Aboriginal and allied health professionals right through to essential support staff such as kitchen staff, patient care assistants and cleaners. My colleagues, the Members for Brennan and Drysdale, are extremely excited about this hospital. I had the opportunity to be on-site with them and they have been advocating to me, as the Minister for Health, about how important this facility is. There will be a further 60 positions advertised before the end of the year including clinical coders, switchboard and administrative staff, and further nursing positions. I look forward to the opportunity to update the House on this exciting project which the Territory Labor government can deliver. Aboriginal Affairs Sub-Committee Mr GUYULA to CHIEF MINISTER As the Aboriginal Affairs Sub-Committee of Cabinet is supposed to include all Aboriginal members of the Legislative Assembly, why have I been excluded from this subcommittee? Furthermore, when I have written to inquire why I have not been to subcommittee meetings, why has my letter not been responded to?

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