Caboolture Hospital inquiry extended | The West Australian

An inquiry into allegations of malpractice at Queensland’s Caboolture Hospital has been extended by two weeks.

The inquiry, commissioned last month and headed by eminent South Australian surgeon Dr James Sweeney, was due to finish on Monday but will now not conclude until October 25.

The review was ordered after the opposition Liberal National Party aired claims of preventable deaths, surgical negligence, and a culture of bullying at the hospital north of Brisbane.

Metro North Health Board Chair Jim McGowan said the inquiry had already interviewed a number of patients and staff.

Since August 31, there have been 93 calls to a hotline set up for people to report their care and treatment at Caboolture Hospital.

“These have all been triaged and progressed to the independent review team and clinicians outside Caboolture Hospital for immediate action,” Mr McGowan said in a statement.

“We take all staff and patient claims incredibly seriously, and any and all claims are being investigated.”

At the request of Dr Sweeney, Mr McGowan said he had approved the two-week extension to allow the review team time to complete interviews and examine the issues raised.

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