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Court ruling on Brisbane surgeon probe ‘jeopardises’ other Ombudsman inquiries

The Well being Ombudsman initially requested the Supreme Courtroom final yr if they’d the facility to increase the date for finishing an inquiry after that point had handed. And if that failed, the Ombudsman questioned in the event that they had been prevented from persevering with the inquiry.

The unique decide stated “no” to each.

The Well being Ombudsman appealed that ruling, and earlier this month the Courtroom of Enchantment confirmed the unique Supreme Courtroom choice.

In parliamentary estimates, LNP well being spokeswoman Ros Bates requested Well being Minister Yvette D’Ath what number of different Well being Ombudsman investigations had been “jeopardised” by these courtroom rulings.

“In July 2021, an audit was undertaken for investigations aged over 12 months, of the 47 investigations aged over 12 months at the moment, 22 issues had been recognized that had been failings [sic] in extending the timeframe by the due date,” D’Ath stated.

Dr William Braun.

Dr William Braun.Credit score:Fb

“There are at the moment 13 issues earlier than the workplace of the Well being Ombudsman which are impacted relating to timeframes. Nevertheless, there have been no vital operational procedural implications on account of these failings.”

Workplace of the Well being Ombudsman authorized providers govt director Scott McLean stated the explanation for the missed deadlines was “human error”.

“Plenty of steps have been taken [since]. The primary one is the workplace has up to date its IT providers, up to date its IT resolve to permit for higher reporting, and there’s been higher coaching of the workers to make sure that doesn’t happen once more,” he stated.

Bates additionally requested whether or not Braun is working in a Queensland Well being facility, which D’Ath declined to reply resulting from Braun’s ongoing authorized proceedings and privateness legal guidelines associated to employment standing.

The allegations in opposition to Braun had been neither confirmed, nor disproven. He denied the allegations once they had been made public in 2019.

“I’ve additionally been denied the chance to supply wider context round what I imagine to be a associated concern, which is a co-ordinated marketing campaign of harassment in opposition to me which has been ongoing for a number of years,” he stated.

“I’ve formally requested assist from hospital directors and different skilled our bodies in relation to this harassment on quite a few events from 2016 to 2019.”

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