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asked in the
7 December 2017
Hon Aaron Stonehouse
Hon R.H. Cook
VENEREAL DISEASE — TREATMENT
Hon AARON STONEHOUSE
to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I note that section 311 of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 mandates that any medical practitioner in receipt of a salary from the state is to treat a person's venereal disease free of charge to that individual. I note also that the current health minister is a doctor, and, indeed, has presumably been a medical practitioner in receipt of a state salary as the member for Kwinana for almost 10 years now.
(1) Can the minister confirm whether he, or any other member that he is aware of, has been called upon to provide treatment under section 311 of the aforementioned act in recent memory?
(2) If yes to (1), how often has this occurred and how much money is it likely to have saved or cost the WA taxpayer?
(3) If no to (1), does the minister agree with me that it might be time to amend, tighten or delete this section if only to free up his potential and valuable parliamentary time?
On behalf of the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health, I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
I am advised as follows.
(1)–(3) Not applicable. The Minister for Health is not a medical doctor. Please note that section 311 of the
Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911
has been repealed as part of updating public health legislation and no longer applies. The repeal came into effect on 20 September 2017.
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