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Question Without Notice No. 981 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Aaron Stonehouse

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

VENEREAL DISEASE — TREATMENT
      981. 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?
Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:
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 Please note that section 311 of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 has been repealed as part of updating public health legislation and no longer applies.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.