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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 58 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 February 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

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

Answered on 14 February 2019


58. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the recent media article ''Hospital overcrowding a matter of life and death''. How does the state government intend to remedy this dire situation—that is, the lowest number of beds per capita in the country—when it is reducing real health funding in per capita terms and is further crush-loading our hospitals through rapid, immigration-fuelled population growth?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. There is no official definition of ''hospital overcrowding''. Demand management strategies are actively pursued to ensure appropriate standards of safety and quality are maintained in our hospitals. The WA public health system provides world-class care. It continues to lead the nation in key indicators, including emergency department waiting times and elective surgery.