Camden Hospital Obstetrics Services
The Hon. Dr ARTHUR CHESTERFIELD-EVANS: My question is directed to the Special Minister of State, representing the Minister for Health. How much money has been spent on keeping Camden Hospital open for obstetrics in the past twelve months? Is it true that a private obstetrics company was engaged to maintain services on weekends? If so, what was the cost per weekend? Was this paid whether or not there were any deliveries? How many deliveries were there at Camden Hospital last year? What was the cost per delivery of the service? How does that compare with the State average?
The Hon. JOHN DELLA BOSCA: I have not before dealt with a question by giving a response that is often given by the Leader of the Government. However, as the Hon. Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans would know, a question of such detail directed to me as the Minister representing another Minister gives me little chance of being able to answer the question. I am happy to take this important and serious question on notice and obtain an answer for the honourable member as soon as practicable.