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Posted 15 September 2008 - 07:23 AM
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Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:21 AM
Foreign doctors were required to write the AMC exams to see that they were safe. If they were specialists then they were vetted by the specialist colleges. Many foreign doctors could not pass the exams or did not want to do so.
In desperation government went recruiting around the world and arranged for doctors to have temporary registration with the medical board that would allow them to work under supervision. The idea was that they would eventually sit the exam but many did not. In addition to this the staffing was such that there simply were not enough trained Australian doctors in these hospitals to properly supervise and train these doctors.
The scandal:- The bubble finally burst when an Indian trained surgeon, Dr. Patel who had been working in the USA was contracted to go to the Bundaberg hospital. His competence had been a problem in the USA where there had been scandals. He was barred from operating in one state and precluded from performing major surgery in another. This information was missing from his registration documents but the board did not follow it up. He was not vetted by the college of surgeons.
The doctor's personality clearly impressed and not only was he soon doing large numbers of major operations but he was made head of surgery. He was hard working and productive doing large numbers of major operations which brought the hospital more funding. Management was delighted. These were the operations he had been prevented from doing in the USA.
Complaints about complications and deaths made by staff to the hospital's administration were simply ignored. Complaints to the Health Department were not promptly dealt with. It was not until an intensive care nurse persuaded a Member of Parliament to raise it under parliamentary privilege that the scandal was exposed. Multiple patients had died. Dr Death as he is now known is to be charged with manslaughter - but he had long since fled to the USA assisted by one of the hospital administrators.
Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:44 AM
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