Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Whyalla Hospital and Health Service

The Hon. C. BONAROS (15:17): Supplementary: in the very unfortunate event that there is a tragedy as a result of these services ceasing indefinitely, will this government accept responsibility for anything that happens to an expecting mother or child?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:18): I am sure we would all hope that we don't have any tragedies. If anyone knows of qualified staff members, particularly qualified midwives, who are interested to relocate to an area such as Whyalla, I would encourage them to get in contact with the Whyalla Hospital and Health Service. It is important that we all do whatever we can to try to recruit qualified staff, but essentially, if there are no qualified staff available, safety has to be the number one concern.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Hon. Dennis Hood has a final supplementary question before we move on.