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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4074..


ACT Health Clinical Privileges Committee—report

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women) (3.35): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Poor clinical practice—Report into allegations against a consultant surgeon by the ACT Health Clinical Privileges Committee, dated 4 December 2007.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I have decided to take the unprecedented step of tabling a report prepared following the Clinical Privileges Committee of ACT Health's investigation into complaints made against a consultant surgeon who performs a range of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Canberra Hospital. I have not taken this step lightly. However, given the level of public interest in this matter, I believe it necessary to provide the report of this committee to members to clarify the situation.

The Chairman of the Clinical Privileges Committee wrote to ACT Health on 4 December 2007:

I wish to advise the review into the matter CPC 07/02 has been concluded.

In accord with section 67 of the Health Act 1993 (ACT, "the Health Act"), I have prepared a Clinical Privileges Report in relation to the matter CPC 07/02.

Separate to the confidential Clinical Privileges Report, given the public notoriety surrounding this matter, I understand that ACT Health has prepared a report on this matter, suitable for public release. The CPC has vetted this report and I can confirm that this report accurately represents the finding and conclusions of the CPC investigation.

I would now like to advise the Assembly of the findings of the report into allegations of poor clinical practice against Dr X, a consultant surgeon. This public report has been prepared by ACT Health in relation to a complaint made by a medical practitioner in the ACT about the provision of plastic and reconstructive surgery services at the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital, with a particular focus on the performance of one consultant surgeon, referred to in the report as "Dr X".

Firstly, some background information. ACT Health was first notified of a complaint about the provision of plastic and reconstructive surgery services at TCH and Calvary Public Hospital, with a particular focus on the performance of Dr X, in early September 2006. In mid-September 2006 ACT Health corresponded with the medical practitioner making the complaint, to request that further particulars about the specific nature of the complaint be provided to the newly established ACT Health Clinical Privileges Committee. These were provided to ACT Health by the complainant on


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