International: Meagher defends disgraced doctor reference check claims
May 16, 2008
The results were ignored? Whats the point!! Screening employees in Australia has been a hot topic “down under” over the years. From our research Australia, like the US, embraces the concept of employment screening.
New South Wales Health Minister Reba Meagher has rejected suggestions she misled State Parliament by saying no background checks were performed on a far south coast disgraced doctor.
The State Opposition has released a diary note from a senior Health Department executive which it says shows one of Dr Graeme Reeves’ referees warning the doctor was not meant to do obstetrics.
The Opposition says the diary entry shows background checks were done on Dr Reeves, but were then ignored.
Ms Meagher has told Parliament she stands by her previous comments.
“The Opposition are being quite disingenuous with the way they are waving around a handwritten note … and trying to purport that in fact that is in some way an official record of a background check because it is simply not,” she said.
State Labor MP Mick Veitch has also been drawn into the scandal involving the disgraced doctor.
Mr Veitch used to be the deputy chairman of the Southern Area Health Service and its board minutes show that in 2002 he personally signed off on the appointment of Dr Reeves.
Opposition health spokeswoman Jillian Skinner says there are now even more questions to be answered about the appointment of the doctor.
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