Page 290 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to answer the question, but could the member repeat the question? I think the question was: how many reviews—not what the reviews are into but how many.

MADAM SPEAKER: Would you like to repeat the question, Mr Wall?

Mr Wall: The second part of the question, Chief Minister, was: what other infrastructure projects will you be forced, during the current term of the Assembly, to have a review into because of your government’s failure to deliver infrastructure on time and on budget?

MS GALLAGHER: I do find myself at a bit of a disadvantage to answer that, but I would like to correct the preamble to the question which said that we were doing a review into the failures of the women’s and children’s hospital. We are not doing that. We are reviewing the model of care.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Madam Speaker, the review that I commissioned is into the model of care at the women’s and children’s hospital which, for those opposite, is how you provide care to patients—how nurses, how midwives, how doctors provide care to patients. That is what is under review. As to the second part of the question, I do not feel that I am in a position to answer that.

MR WALL: Supplementary—

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, are directorates now meant to accommodate in their budget for future infrastructure projects contingency for reviews into their failure?

MS GALLAGHER: I would say that we do expect agencies to have capacity for review of their services and for major projects. I would not take the negative view that the Liberal opposition will continue to take that it is around failures. It is good practice in any organisation to review what services you are providing, how you are providing them and, particularly for new services, whether those services are meeting the needs of the community. So built into certainly the provision of new services within the health system there is the capacity to review those, based on wanting to see whether what you set out to do is what you achieved and, if it is not, whether you need to change that.

MR COE: Supplementary, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, how many more birthing suites could have been opened in the hospital if you had not had to spend so much money on reviews?

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