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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 933 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 November 2021 by Hon Steve Martin

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on


933. Hon STEVE MARTIN to the minister representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the apparent discrepancy in the minister's answers yesterday to my question without notice 907 and to question without notice 904 asked by Hon Martin Aldridge about staffing levels at Geraldton hospital.

(1) If there are currently 3.4 FTE midwifery positions vacant at Geraldton hospital, as referred to in the reply to question 904 asked by Hon Martin Aldridge, why did the minister in his reply to my question 907 state that Geraldton hospital is fully staffed?

(2) Is Geraldton hospital fully staffed or are 3.4 FTE midwifery positions currently vacant?

(3) Regarding the minister's answer to question 907 that staffing levels would be increased to cope with the extra demand on maternity services due to the closure of St John of God, how many extra midwives will be added to the staff at Geraldton hospital?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer is provided on behalf of the Minister for Health.

(1) The 3.4 FTEs are currently filled by agency staff and part-time staff.

(2) The midwifery positions at Geraldton hospital are currently fully staffed.

(3) The number of extra midwives will be determined by the number of St John of God staff available for secondment to the WA Country Health Service and the forecast number of births.