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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 244 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 March 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

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

Answered on 21 March 2019


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

I refer to the response to my question without notice 58, asked on 14 February 2019, relating to hospital overcrowding and the resultant poor health outcomes for Western Australians.

(1) Why does the state government not have a benchmark for overcrowding?

(2) Does the state government concede that Western Australia has the lowest number of beds per capita of any state?

(3) Does the state government accept the assertion of the Australian Medical Association WA emergency medicine spokesman, Dr David Mountain, that WA needs another 500 to 700 beds just to catch up with the state with the next lowest bed stock?

(4) Does the state government concede that the bed-to-population ratio is likely to further deteriorate, given the state government is reducing health funding in per capita terms while placing further pressure on services by promoting population growth?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

I refer the member to identical question without notice 89 asked on 20 February 2019. The answers remain exactly the same as provided in that question without notice.