Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board chairman Charles Ware
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board chairman Charles Ware Sharyn O'Neill ROK170413shealth6

CQHHB chairman stands by doctor’s suspension

CHAIRMAN Charles Ware has hit back at any suggestion that the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board acted too hastily in suspending Dr Antonio Vega Vega.

The Morning Bulletin put the question to Mr Ware yesterday. Here is his response:

"Patient safety is not a popularity contest. It is a very serious business.

"The board acted swiftly and decisively to protect the safety of patients.

"I do not apologise for that.

"There is an independent investigation that will review the matters leading to Dr Vega Vega's suspension ... I await the outcome of that investigation with interest.

"I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency also moved swiftly to withdraw Dr Vega Vega's right of practice.

"It is important that the people of Central Queensland have confidence that the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board will take action, however unpopular, to protect the safety of the patients in our care.

"I believe we have done that in this case."



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