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Question Without Notice No. 213 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 March 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on 17 March 2020

KARRATHA HEALTH CAMPUS

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

I refer to Karratha Health Campus.

(1) How many doctors currently work at Karratha Health campus; and, of those, how many are —

(a) permanent;

(b) individuals who have taken leave for the 2019–20 year to date; and

(c) currently covering vacant roles?

(2) Have there been any recent revisions in overall staffing levels; and, if yes, please detail?

(3) Will the minister please table the number of visitations to the emergency department over the past six months; and, if not, why not?

(4) What plans are in place for regional hospitals when staff are required to self-isolate if exposed to COVID-19?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

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

This question was lodged on Tuesday, 10 March, so the information is current as of that date. I certainly cannot guarantee that other things have not changed in that time, particularly the guidelines.

(1)–(2) The WA Country Health Service is unable to provide a response within the requested time frame and I request that the honourable member place the question on notice.

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order!

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY: The question was asked today and the answer is being provided today.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Just provide the answer, please, parliamentary secretary.

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY: I continue —

(3) For the past six months, from 1 September 2019 to 29 February 2020, there have been 11 623 presentations to the Karratha Health Campus emergency centre.

(4) Regional hospitals are utilising the guidelines for self-isolation that have been developed by the Department of Health. I table these guidelines, which are also available at https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus.

[See paper 3681.]