Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Whyalla Hospital and Health Service

The Hon. C. BONAROS (15:15): Supplementary: does the minister acknowledge that that shortage of services has been reported as indefinite and not temporary, and how do expecting mothers planning already to have their babies at the Whyalla hospital, with no alternative arrangements, deal with this situation?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:16): I think the response did refer to the alternative arrangements in that the hospital is supporting each woman to develop a personalised plan and arrange their birth at an appropriate alternative location. I don't think anyone imagines for a moment that this is an easy situation.

Members interjecting:


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: Recruiting qualified staff is an ongoing challenge and it is something that SA Health and the health minister continue to work on.