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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Page: 7125

Mr DUTTON (Dickson) (18:04): My questions are to the Minister for Health. Has any component of the government's $325 million Tasmanian package been previously announced or formed part of any other package or program? Can the minister explain, in relation to the Tasmanian bailout, why the National Health Reform Agreement signed only in August 2011 has been deficient in providing for the Tasmanian health system? Why is there nothing in the health reform agreement which would prevent a jurisdiction withdrawing funding from frontline services sometime in the future? Can the minister please explain why a further $36.8 million was required to be allocated to the rollout of the personally controlled electronic health record system in Tasmania? How will $24 million over four years be used to 'support innovation in clinical services'? What will be the employment arrangements for doctors at the walk-in clinics in Hobart and Launceston? Other than Medicare, how will the funding work, and how will the arrangements otherwise financially operate for these walk-in clinics?