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Question On Notice No. 2453 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

In relation to the Karratha, Port Hedland, Onslow, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo, Newman and Tom Price hospitals and/or health campuses, I ask:
(a) on how many occasions in the last 12 months at each hospital has a doctor not been rostered;
(b) with respect to (a), what was the reason for the unavailability of a doctor for each occasion;
(c) with respect to (a), on each occasion a doctor was not available to be rostered, how many ATS 1,2 or 3 patients presented to each hospital during each period;
(d) on how many occasions has a locum position been unable to be filled at each location;
(e) what strategy has the WA Country Health Service put in place to avoid situations when a doctor in not available to be rostered;
(f) on how many occasions in the last 12 months at each hospital has a doctor been rostered but unable to be contacted or unable to attend to respond; and
(g) with respect to (e) on each occasion a doctor was not available to respond when rostered, how many ATS 1, 2 or 3 patients presented to each hospital during each period?

Answered on 15 October 2019

I am advised:

(a) None.

(b)-(c) Not applicable.

(d) None.

(e) Strategies that WACHS Pilbara has in place to avoid/mitigate the effects of not having an onsite doctor rostered or on-call include:

  • Rosters are created several months in advance to minimise risk of not being able to find suitable locum cover as required.
  • Active strategy to maintain a stable and regular contracted locum workforce to meet roster requirements.
  • Active recruitment strategy to build an appropriately skilled, capable and stable salaried medical workforce.
  • Active strategy to encourage and convert long term locum workforce into salaried positions.
  • Flexible rostering practices which enhances retention of salaried medical workforce.
  • Flexible and mobile salaried medical workforce that can be deployed to areas of need within the Region as required
  • The Inpatient Telehealth Service (ITS) is progressively being implemented in many WACHS hospitals. Like ETS, the ITS provides access to doctors and nursing teams who can assist local staff with assessing, responding to clinical deterioration, admitting and discharging patients from inpatient facilities.
  • Utilisation of major hospital sites (HHC and KHC) to provide Telehealth support to smaller sites in the Region.
  • A Nurse Practitioner is available at Newman Hospital.
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(f) One at Tom Price Hospital.

(g) One patient triaged ATS Category 2. The patient was treated via ETS immediately and referred and transferred via RFDS.