An independent investigation by the Wide Bay hospital and health services has supported the decision to sack a Bundaberg Hospital doctor.
The specialist was suspended in November following reported allegations he was drinking on the job. He was later terminated whilst on probation and found to have failed to adhere to the conditions on his Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration.
WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said the evidence from the review – carried out by a lawyer and principal of a private organisation independent from Queensland Health – supported the decision to dismiss the specialist.
Mr Pennington said the review’s recommendations also reaffirmed WBHHS’s actions to strengthen some of its recruitment and credentialing systems and processes.
“Our paramount consideration is always the safety and quality of our care, and by extension the quality of our clinicians,” he said.
“We felt it was important to commission an external review to ensure we had an independent perspective on the way we recruit and credential clinicians.
“But we also acted of our own accord to identify some systems and processes that we believe could have worked better, and had implemented enhancements to these prior to the conclusion of the investigation.”