GERALDTON HEALTH CAMPUS — STAFF
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
(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?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
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.