Lambie keen to see doctor stood down

AN ALLEGEDLY dangerous Tasmanian hospital doctor is expected to be stood down pending an investigation, according to the senator who has been pursuing the matter.

Palmer United Senator Jacqui Lambie yesterday told the Senate she had met federal Health Minister Peter Dutton about a whistleblower's allegations against the doctor.

She said she had every confidence Mr Dutton would ensure the doctor would be stood aside pending an investigation into the allegations.

If politicians failed to act, Senator Lambie said she would use parliamentary privilege to name the doctor, to allow Tasmanians using the health system to make informed decisions.

The state Health Department recently said it was following a fair and proper process to consider allegations that the doctor was dangerous.

Senator Lambie slammed the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency, telling the Senate it was not healthy to solely have doctors in charge of registering and disciplining doctors.

She called for greater independence, transparency and government oversight.


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