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Friday, 11 September 1942

Senator LAMP asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

What is the reason for the Government X-ray examination in north Tasmania being given to a private radiologist instead of the Launceston General Hospital ?

SenatorFRASER.- The Minister for the Army has supplied the following answers : -

The matter of carrying out X-ray examinations for recruits and other army personnel was investigated by army medical authorities at the request of the Chief Finance Officer in February and March, 1942.

The board of the Launceston General Hospital was asked by the Assistant Director, Medical Services, in Tasmania, whether the above X-ray examinations could be done at the hospital. The board replied that the hospital could not suspend its routine work to carry out the work required at that time by the Army. The board also indicated the cost to the Army of any X-ray work which could be done by the hospital without disturbing the hospital's usual functions.

A private radiologist was also approached and gave an undertaking that whenever his services were required by the military he would cease his private work and do all the military work required.

The costs submitted by the Hospital Board and the private radiologist were examined and it was found that the hospital charges were in excess of those of the private radiologist. The Chief Finance Officer then gave approval for the work to be done privately.

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