Surgeon sues health board chairman and govt

SURGEON Antonio Vega Vega is suing Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board chairman Charles Ware and the State of Queensland for $750,000.

Solicitors for the urologist claimed that Mr Ware defamed the suregion in a press conference at Rockhampton and on 4BC radio in May last year.

He alleged Mr Ware indicated Dr Vega Vega had removed the wrong kidney from one patient and had not noticed when he nicked an artery during another surgery.

Mr Ware declined to comment on the claim.

In June last year, a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal judge found Dr Vega Vega did not pose a serious risk to patients.

The judge set aside a Medical Board of Australia suspension and registration conditions.

Dr Vega Vega is now practising privately in Rockhampton.

He is awaiting a judge's decision on his application to have two reports, both commissioned by Queensland Health, into his care of four hospital patients quashed or declared invalid.



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