Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

CMC Advised: Nurses Dumped

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

CMC Advised: Nurses Dumped

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

A SUNSHINE Coast private hospital which retained a psychiatrist on staff for eight years before he was finally deregistered has been accused of harassing staff who complained about him.

The Daily understands that two nurses, one of whom contributed to whistleblower complaints raised in parliament by Nicklin MP Peter Wellington, have been stood down by The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.

The CMC was advised yesterday by whistleblowers that the hospital had stood down the nurses.

Queensland Health whistleblower Jo Barber said nurses and members of the public were accorded whistleblower protection if the information they disclosed related to vulnerable people.

Complaints raised by whistleblowers allege improper prescription of Dexamphetamine and Medicare fraud.

Sunshine Coast police last week conducted interviews with Coast health professionals in relation to the allegations, which Mr Wellington handed in a brief to the CMC earlier this month.

The allegations are now the subject of review by retired Justice Richard Chesterman, who will ultimately make recommendations to the State Government through the CMC.

Dr Peter Herbert, a visiting medical officer to the hospital, is the spokesman for the Coast group that now includes doctors, nurses and psychiatrists. …

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