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5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions



5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions

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Tabled paper 357


Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Robyn Lambley


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TT IM .olo'oiliggHMai nLEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY formally respond. A contract variation will then be sought via standard procurement guidelines. The target start date in September is dependent upon the following factors: Appointment of the Cardiac Intervention Specialist; Satisfactory negotiation with NT Cardiac Pty Ltd; Endorsed model of care by Royal Darwin Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre. Flinders Medical Centre will be providing specialist interventionists and specialist support until the NT service matures. Health and Hospital Funding (HHF) In May 2012, NT Cardiac Pty Ltd was granted $6.13 million towards establishing an integrated cardiac network in Northern Territory. These funds provide for capital equipment to be bolted on to the public hospital system across three areas: Infrastructure development; Diagnostic capacity; IT data / communication. The CSSC approved expenditure not exceeding $100 000 for a consultancy to investigate the requirements of hosting of NT Wide infrastructure including data communication and service / therapeutic infrastructure. Review of PATS $2 million for the review; $7.5 million ongoing to fund outcomes. 2012/2013 Budget - $21 317 606. A full review of PATS has been undertaken and an additional $7.5 million per annum for three years has been committed to fund any recommended changes to the scheme. The review has compared the level of subsidy to that of other States and Territories; investigated system eligibility and/or entitlements and identified where they could be increased and delivered within the additional available budget; and investigated options for reducing costs and managing current and future demand. Staff undertaking the review have consulted with clinicians, community groups and received input from members of the public on issues around usage of the scheme, eligibility criteria and levels of subsidy. A draft report is being finalised and will be considered by Government when finalised. A change management strategy will be implemented to ensure that any changes to business processes and guidelines are embedded in the work practices of PATS users. It is envisaged that any changes accepted from the report will be implemented by the end of July 2013. ASH ED Legacy Item: $2.36 million in 2012/13; $5.51 million in 2013/14; $5.67 million in 2014/15; and $5.81 million ongoing from 2015/16 operational The new Emergency Department officially opened 11 June 2013. Delays to the previously advised opening date were in part due to the procurement and commissioning process required for radiology equipment. New positions are being established and recruitment has commenced. BushMob Legacy Item: $0.57 million in 2012/13 and $0.94 million ongoing grant. The scope of works for the expanded Bush Mob facility has been agreed to between the building owners Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT) and Bushmob. The alterations to the facility will be completed by CAT and the tender documentation will be completed and provided

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