Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee has today called for the establishment of a Special Commission of Inquiry into off-protocol flat dosing of cancer patients in NSW.
Mr Gee said the community, patients, and family members of patients who passed away after treatment still had many unanswered questions following the release of a report by NSW Health last week.
“I was going to wait until the report into Dr Grygiel’s activities in the Central West was released in September, but having read the final report about what went on in Sydney, I don’t think we can wait any longer,” Mr Gee said.
“I said months ago that if the current inquiries didn’t get to the bottom of what went on, a Special Commission of Inquiry should be instigated. The time has come for a Special Commission of Inquiry to be established immediately.
“Two questions really spring to mind – why were patients under-dosed in the first place? The report released last week does little to shed light on that.
“Secondly, how widespread is and was the practice across the NSW health system? Recent reports suggest that this was also an issue at St George and Sutherland Hospitals.
“We also need a Special Commission of Inquiry so that anyone with concerns about off-protocol flat dosing can have them heard and investigated openly. I don’t believe it’s a satisfactory response to say that anyone with further concerns should take them to the Health Care Complaints Commission. This should be a full and open inquiry where members of the public or employees from within the health system can come along and speak freely about this issue.”
Mr Gee said that he has today written to the Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, as well as NSW Premier, Mike Baird.