Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg. Source: The Courier-Mail
MOST of the Queensland medical board has resigned rather than be sacked.
The resignations follow Health Minister Lawrence Springborg’s formal notice to all 10 board members last week giving them 14 days to show cause why they should remain in their roles.
In the notice, Mr Springborg said he had formed the “preliminary view” that board members had placed the public at risk after a review that examined 596 cases concluded 60 per cent had not been properly handled.
Yesterday, the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia said all members believed they had carried out their duties “with due care and responsibility”.
“The role of the board is to protect the public and the focus of board members on this purpose has not wavered,” a QBMBA statement said.
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“Members have provided a detailed response to Minister Springborg’s request that they show cause why they should not be removed from office.
“However, clearly the minister believes that this is the time for renewal of the QBMBA.”
As a consequence, the statement said the majority of board members had tendered their resignations, effective from 5pm yesterday.
“The remaining members await the minister’s further action,” the statement said.
A board spokeswoman would not say how many members had resigned and would not reveal identities.
But the show cause letters were sent to: acting chairman Dr Christopher Kennedy, Associate Professor David Henderson, Associate Professor Warwick Carter, Professor Richard Hays, Dr Nicola Murdock, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta and community members Fiona Chapman, Michael Clare, Peta Frampton and Terrence Selva.
The state’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young resigned before the show cause notices were issued and former board chairman Peter Woodruff left the role earlier this year due to ill health.
Mr Springborg’s office was yet to receive the resignations when contacted last night.
In its statement, the QBMBA said medical regulation was “challenging and complex and requires difficult decisions”.
The board said Queenslanders were best served by a health complaints system in which both the public and the Minister had confidence.
“Prolonging public discussion of the board’s views will not achieve that,” the statement said. “The board will therefore be making no further comment.”