Suspended doctor cleared

A DOCTOR suspended from Emerald Hospital in April 2009 was cleared for work on Monday.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said the doctor, who was never named by the department, is now working on a supervised up-skilling program at Rockhampton Hospital.

However, investigations into Dr John Chibanda, who was suspended in November 2009, are continuing and are expected to be a lengthy process.

“There are currently three investigations into this matter underway – by the Health Quality and Complaints Commission, the Medical Board of Queensland and Queensland Health’s Ethical Standards Unit,” said the QH spokesperson.

“The Crime and Misconduct Commission is overseeing the latter two investigations.”

Although the department would not comment on the investigations, the HQCC is still assessing the state’s issues surrounding registration, credentialing, supervision and performance management.

HQCC Chief Executive Officer Cheryl Herbert said the special investigation would be comprehensive and take time.

“Some of the issues we will be exploring have been the subject of previous investigations, so it is appropriate that we conduct a more comprehensive, overarching review to identify why the same issues keep occurring and how we can prevent them in the future,” she said.

“There has been significant review and reform over the past four years, but we’re concerned that not all the recommended changes have been implemented effectively. This shouldn’t keep happening.”

The HQCC investigation will involve oversight and review of both Queensland Health and Crime and Misconduct Commission investigations.


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