A GOVERNMENT investigation into the conduct of a senior health bureaucrat has cost the state more than $100,000 and the tab is continuing to rise.

More than half the costs for the investigation into bullying claims against ousted Royal Hobart Hospital chief Michael Pervan were for two investigations, costing more than $68,000.

Those investigations are now subject to a Supreme Court hearing as Mr Pervan claims the appointment of an investigator was bungled, the investigation was biased and the investigator exceeded her authority.

Leader of the Government in the Upper House Doug Parkinson said yesterday the cost to date for the Department of Health and Human Services’ use of the services of the Director of Public Prosecutions was $13,693.

Mr Parkinson, who was responding to a question from Opposition justice spokeswoman Vanessa Goodwin, said the cost of filling Mr Pervan’s position in an acting capacity had been about $24,000.

He said he was not yet able to determine the final cost to the state because of the continuing legal issues and the DHHS not having been able to appoint a permanent replacement for Mr Pervan.

Mr Pervan, who has not been formally stood down as the Royal’s chief executive, remains on the DHHS staff as executive director of Community Development, Disability and Housing.

He was removed from his $200,000-a-year position at the hospital by DHHS secretary David Roberts after allegations of bullying were levelled against him by several senior hospital staff in October.

Mr Pervan complained to Acting State Service Commissioner Iain Frawley that he had been denied a right of reply and procedural fairness when he was not interviewed as part of an internal inquiry into the complaints.

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