Legislative Council: Wednesday, July 03, 2019


Hospital Security

The Hon. T.T. NGO (15:00): Supplementary question: can the minister confirm that any additional security measures will be rolled out across all hospitals and not just at the Lyell McEwin?

The Hon. S.G. WADE (Minister for Health and Wellbeing) (15:00): The Department for Health and Wellbeing and the local health networks and their recently appointed boards are constantly looking at security issues. As an indication of that, Country Health has had a review going, I suspect perhaps for the last 12 months. My understanding is that a report will be finalised in the middle of this year. Two of the country sites that have experienced security issues in recent months include Meningie and Whyalla, so certainly that is an example of the government taking a broader view of hospital security. Considering that not only from a point of view of our duty of care to our workers but also as an employer with our occupational health and safety duties, of course worker safety is part of the core responsibilities of the department and the LHNs as employers.