The Twin Waters Family Medical Centre. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
The Twin Waters Family Medical Centre. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Police arrived at bustling medical clinic to evict doctor

A TWIN Waters' doctor refused to vacate his busy medical practice packed with patients when police entered the surgery rooms with an eviction notice.  

It is understood Dr Enda Loftus has been locked in a dispute with his landlord who ordered the eviction notice.

Witnesses said two police officers entered the medical surgery about 2.30pm and advised staff the doctor was going to be evicted from out of the building immediately.  

"There was a waiting room full of people," a witness said.  

"They (police) said that he could see the patient he had but then he had to get out. But they were informed he had other patients in the waiting room.  

"Their manner was very abrupt. They could have done it more discreetly.  

"He is a very popular doctor who has been here for several years and he was being treated as if he was a criminal."

The doctor  had appointments also booked for the rest of the day and it is understood police were advised he would not be leaving.

The Twin Waters Family Medical Centre. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
The Twin Waters Family Medical Centre. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Patient Andrew Miller said the scenario that unfolded was "like something out of a movie".  

"I arrived and there were two cops standing out front," he said.  

"I wish I could do something to help the doctor. He is the nicest guy in the world," Mr Miller said.  

An employee at a nearby business also said it had been a "crazy scenario".

"The police just came there and then they were busy changing the locks on the door."   

In December 2010 Dr Loftus was being sued for more than $300,000 by the director of a failed medical centre chain.

Dr Lawrie Clift, the sole remaining director of The Doctors Company Ltd when it was placed in liquidation, lodged a claim for $330,000 in the Queensland District Court.  

It is unclear what the outcome of this legal action has been.  

Neither Dr Loftus nor the medical practice's landlord could be reached for comment yesterday.  

A police spokesman said police "provided assistance in keeping the peace while the landlord had locks changed at the premises".  



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