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Notice given 1 June 2001

3592  Senator Denman: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—

(1) Was the Positron Emission Tomography evaluated in the same way as other comparable technologies.

(2) Is the Minister satisfied that all conflict of issues were adequately dealt with; if so, how were they dealt with.

(3) Why was the opinion of the Clinical Trials Centre given as unanimously supported when there is every indication that there were dissenting opinions.

(4) Why is a tendering process being called for at this time when six facilities are already operational, four of which are experienced in data collection.

(5) Can evidence be provided that proves the role of the Supporting Committee was not usurped by the Steering Committee.

3593  Senator Denman: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—With reference to concerns relating to the privacy and security of medical records held in personal computers and hospital main frames:

(1) Given that medical and other health professionals are keeping patients’ personal records electronically on computers that are Web-linked and on easily compromised mainframes, can the Minister give an unequivocal assurance that these records are secure.

(2) What steps, if any, have been taken to educate users of this technology of the potential dangers.

(3) Are there any plans to ensure that health professionals have access to firewalls to help stop any potential compromise to their patient records.