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Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee has again renewed his call for a Special Commission of Inquiry into off-protocol flat dosing of cancer patients in New South Wales.

The call comes after the NSW Parliament established an Upper House Inquiry into the matter earlier this week.

“I really think that the issue needs to be taken out of the political realm and given to someone independent to investigate,” Mr Gee said.

“The parliamentary inquiry just has the potential to get bogged down in partisan point-scoring which is not what the exercise should be about. Will it get the answers we need? Maybe, but maybe not.

“I think that the public would have greater confidence in the process if the person overseeing the inquiry was a serving or former judge with no political connections.

“It’s pretty simple. We need to get to the bottom of why this flat dosing happened and how widespread the practice has been across the health system.

“I don’t understand why it should be so difficult to do that. This should not be a political issue; it’s about doing the right thing for patients and their families. Unfortunately, the reluctance to call a special commission is turning it into one.

“Nobody knows how deep this issue runs in the Central West and the people out here are entitled to answers.

“Merely referring anyone with further concerns to the Health Care Complaints Commission is quite frankly not good enough,” Mr Gee concluded.