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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 678 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

URGENT CARE CLINIC — GERALDTON

678. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the ABC online news article of 4 January 2019 entitled ''Elderly woman forced to lie on floor of Geraldton Regional Hospital due to lack of beds''.

(1) Did the minister meet with the acting director general of the Department of Health and the chief executive officer of the WA Country Health Service, as he is quoted in this article, suggesting it to have been a matter of urgency; and, if so, what was the date of the meeting;

(2) Will the minister please table any briefing material that was provided to him in relation to this incident?

(3) Was an investigation or review undertaken by the WA Country Health Service or Department of Health, as suggested in the article; and, if so, will the minister please table the report arising from such an inquiry?

(4) In light of this incident, the number of code yellow declarations made by the hospital in recent months, and the minister's recent answer to Legislative Council question without notice 534, will the minister now fast-track an urgent care clinic in Geraldton, as committed to by the Labor Party at the last state election?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

Providing the information in the time required is not possible and I request that the honourable member place the question on notice.