Doctor in kidney surgery scandal was working in Gladstone
A CONTROVERSIAL doctor who removed the wrong kidney from a patient was working in Gladstone before he stood aside following investigations.
The head of Mater Hospital Gladstone reassured the community on Thursday that patients were not at risk.
The doctor consulted with potential Rockhampton-bound patients while working in Gladstone.
While Dr Antonio Vega Vega's surgeries have led to investigations by three separate bodies, the Opposition warns there could be more claims of bungled surgeries.
The Nurses' Union has urged the State Government to look at the impact of 2012 job cuts, calling on the Health Minister to ensure the impact of cuts is looked at closely.
As a result of allegations, Dr Vega Vega volunteered to suspend his work at the Mater Hospital, it is believed, on full pay, on April 29.
It was revealed the urologist removed the wrong kidney of a patient in January.
Mater hospital reported no procedures were carried out by Dr Vega Vega in Gladstone.
He only ever did consultations. But it refused to confirm whether Gladstone patients then went to Rockhampton for surgery.
Last week, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service organised for a different patient of Dr Vega Vega's to be transported to Brisbane for treatment.
CQHHS chair Charles Ware said Dr Vega Vega had nicked the man's artery during surgery, but did not realise it.
The man was re-hospitalised after losing three litres of blood. Dr Vega Vega was also being investigated for misdiagnosing a twisted testicle, leading to its removal, and inserting a stent in the wrong place.
On Thursday Mr Ware said Dr Vega Vega would never work at Rockhampton Hospital again.
The botched surgeries have led to the dismissal of a senior administrator and the hospital's head surgeon.
Dr Vega Vega's Queensland medical registration has not been revoked.
Mater Hospital executive officer Peter Comerford reportedly said Dr Vega Vega had treated more than 800 patients, but the cases reviewed had not revealed anything concerning.
The incidents have been reported to the Crime and Misconduct Commission as well as to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
PROBLEMS UNDER THE KNIFE
- November 2011: Inserting a stent in the wrong place
- January 2014: Removal of wrong kidney
- February 2014: Misdiagnosis of a twisted testicle, leading to its removal
- April 2014: Post-surgery arterial bleed