Alleged pedophile paediatric nurse James Griffin has been condemned by the Premier who supported the Health Minister's calls for another investigation into how the abuse went undetected for 28 years.
When asked whether a formal inquiry would be forthcoming Premier Peter Gutwein said, "further steps will be considered in due course, following the completion of the review".
Health Minister Sarah Courtney labelled the allegations "absolutely appalling" and said she was disturbed by them.
When Mr Griffin was charged in October 2019 the Tasmanian Health Service stood him down and Ms Courtney said "an investigation was then undertaken".
"We are making sure that this matter is examined fully. I have asked the secretary to make sure that the matters around this both currently and historically are reexamined to ensure that Tasmanians can have confidence," Ms Courtney said.
"There is nothing more important than the safety of our children."
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Ms Courtney said she had asked the health secretary to ensure the support offered to staff at the Launceston General Hospital was maximised.
"The secretary and I are committed to ensuring that these matters are taken extremely seriously," Ms Courtney said.
"Any patient or member of staff who has any concerns regarding a staff member's behaviour are encouraged to come forward, and I have been assured all matters will be properly examined and all appropriate support provided."
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmania branch secretary Emily Shepherd said the ANMF was unaware of the allegations until after Mr Griffin was deceased.
Ms Shepherd said the investigation was a positive step and was confident the investigation would restore the confidence of ANMF members and the public.
"The information i have from the secretary of health is there will be robust measures taken," Ms Shepherd said.
Labor spokeswoman Rebecca White said, "it is incredibly concerning that this behaviour continued for so long without it being properly investigated and this person being removed from the workplace".
National sexual assault support: 1800 RESPECT, Laurel House (03) 6334 2740 (Launceston), (03) 6431 9711 (Burnie and Devonport), Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) on 1800 697 877.
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