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Question Without Notice No. 1150 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 October 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

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HOSPITALS — MAINTENANCE — PILBARA AND GOLDFIELDS

1150. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the announcement about a hospital maintenance spending blitz on 24 September 2019.

(1) Why was the announcement for the Pilbara and the goldfields combined when every other region received an individual announcement and allocation?

(2) Can the Minister for Health please explain the methodology used to determine expenditure through this program of works and advise why only $30 000 of the $l.54 million allocation for both the Pilbara and goldfields regions is being spent in the goldfields?

(3) Can the minister provide an update on works at Laverton Hospital, including —

(a) the date the site works commenced, if they have commenced;

(b) the expected completion date; and

(c) whether the WA Country Health Service has created a plan to ensure that the people of Laverton will continue to receive health services?

(4) Can the minister provide an update on works at Newman Hospital, including —

(a) the date the site works commenced, if they have commenced; and

(b) the expected completion date?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

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

(1)–(2) The Department of Health developed a list of high-maintenance works, which was based on the assessment of job readiness and risk, not locality. Projects that require significant plant and equipment investment will be addressed through the usual budget process.

(3) (a) Site works have not yet commenced.

(b) Expected completion is scheduled for early 2023.

(c) Yes, a plan is in place to ensure that there will be no disruption to clinical services.

(4) (a) Site works have not yet commenced.

(b) Newman is a three-stage brownfield development, and current planning indicates completion of all three stages is anticipated in early 2023.