Investigators appointed to review patient cases, hospital

TWO independent doctors and two investigators have been appointed to undertake a clinical review and a health service investigation into Rockhampton's Mater Hospital, following concerns raised about patient safety over the past week.

Dr Antonio Vega Vega, who consulted with patients in Gladstone and performed surgery at Rockhampton's Mater Hospital, stood aside two weeks ago following investigations he had removed the wrong kidney from a patient, amongst other claims.

Queensland Health Director-General Ian Maynard announced Dr Howard Lau, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, would undertake a clinical review into the cases of four patients.

"This entire process has to be thorough to be of any real use, so if the team needs more time I will give it to them," he said.

"The investigators will consider whether relevant clinical governance policies, procedures and practices for the hospital, the Division of Surgery and the broader HHS were in place."



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