Legislative Council: Wednesday, July 03, 2019


McLaren Vale and Districts War Memorial Hospital

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (15:14): Is the minister saying that he provided a $500,000 grant without knowing the details of closures, either temporary or permanent?

The Hon. S.G. WADE (Minister for Health and Wellbeing) (15:14): I will just remind the honourable member, if she missed it, that there was an election in March last year. It was leading into that election that the commitment of $500,000 was given. If there were any developments, as I said, I will take that on notice but it certainly is around a year—at least a year—after that commitment was made. I wouldn't actually be surprised if the commitment to invest in McLaren Vale hospital was in 2017. If so, if the honourable member is asking me when we made that commitment—whenever it was; 2017 or 2018—did I know what changes the McLaren Vale hospital was going to make in 2019, the answer is no.