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Some questions for Health Minister Lara Giddings:

Who was on the selection committee when Ms Alice Burchill was appointed?

Is it true that another person recommended for this job by the recruitment firm, was not interviewed by the selection committee?

Is it true that Ms Burchill began work before she had a visa?

Why has a permanent chief executive officer of the Royal Hobart Hospital not been appointed more than nine months after the job was advertised?

Why did the Department predict that in three months time the Royal Hobart Hospital would have 90 patients on mechanical ventilation because of swine flu, given there is the capacity to ventilate 30 patients only in southernTasmania?

Did Minister Lara Giddings apply for $65 million from the Federal Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) to repair the old RHH? Was this request rejected because the State Government and health bureaucrats had at the same time indicated they were seeking funding to build a new hospital? Is the end result of what appears to be Labor caucus indecisiveness and bureaucratic ineptitude, that the Royal Hobart Hospital has been denied vital funding of $65 million?

Earlier on Tasmanian Times: The curious case of Dr Raj Mattu and Tasmanian Health Department Head David Roberts

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  1. Simon Warriner

    June 25, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Its what you get when leadership is replaced by craven adherence to the selfish whims of the favoured few. I have seen it in workplaces and in government.
    It trickles down, like vomit on a drunk, fouling all it touches, until even the dunny cleaners are chosen for the familial ties, rather than their ability with a mop. Eventually the organisations fail to deliver, and the clients either go elsewhere or revolt, toss out the inept, corrupt, and irrelevant, and start over.
    The only solution is a thorough purge of the system from the top down. Somehow, I dont see it happening here democraticaly in the near future unless the Tasmanian electorate stops repeating what does not work, and starts electing independant candidates to represent it. That way the favoured few might just find it harder to get what they want all the time.

  2. Touched by corruption

    June 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    You only need to walk into the main office at the DHHS to see the chaos that stalks it at every move. The open secret at health is the nepotism and unethical behaviour.

    Overpaid and underqualified they make misery a routine experience for all that cross their path. Dave Roberts may have had his son on the payroll, but then so did (another). A sick system where no one will get better.

  3. emily

    June 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Oh, yeah!

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