Minister visits Emerald Hospital

THE suspension of a second doctor from Emerald Hospital prompted a visit from Deputy Premier and Health Minister Paul Lucas last week.

Drs John Chibanda and Miroslava Kon are under investigation after complaints were made against them to the Health Quality and Complaints Commission.

After Central Queensland News covered Dr Chibanda’s suspension, the HQCC announced it was extending its enquiry into registration and credentialling processes statewide.

During his vist, Mr Lucas met doctors, nurses, administrators and kitchen staff.

A spokesman for the Minister revealed his intention was to follow up and listen to staff concerns about a foreign-trained doctor under review.

Dr Chibanda was suspended last month after concerns were raised about his registration and standard of clinical care.

In September 2009, Dr Miroslava Kon was suspended without pay from Emerald Hospital.

She has general registration with no conditions attached.



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