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Question On Notice No. 2064 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 2690- View tabled paper
Question

I refer to the letter sent by the Minister for Health to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs in which it was revealed that in June 2017 King Edward Memorial Hospital introduced the practice of feticide for terminations of pregnancy after 22 weeks, including those for lethal abnormalities, and I ask:
(a) what is the name and title of each person the Minister consulted or was briefed by prior to making this decision;
(b) further to (a), will you table the documents created recording each consultation or briefing;
(c) what was the reason for the decision to implement this measure;
(d) is the practice the subject of a written policy, guideline or other document;
(e) if yes to (d), will you table that document;
(f) is the practice subject to any internal or external review or audit; and
(g) if yes to (f), what are those review or audit processes?

Answered on 14 May 2019

(a) This was not a decision of the Minister.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) This is a long standing international practice and in line with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG), Evidence-based Clinical Guideline Number 7.

(d) Yes. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG), Evidence-based Clinical Guideline Number 7.

(e) Yes, please see tabled paper no.

(f) No. There has been no formal audit to date.

(g) Not applicable.