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Senior doctor suspended after Queensland hospital investigation

A senior health official has been dismissed from his post in north Queensland following an independent review.

The Mackay Hospital and Health Service confirmed that its executive director of medical services, Professor Phillip Reasbeck, had been “suspended from his duties”.

An independent review of obstetrics and gynecology at Mackay Base Hospital was launched in October after complaints of complications from cesarean sections and allegations of harm to patients.

It has not been revealed whether the suspension of Dr Reasbeck – who acts as the region’s chief medical officer – is related to the review.

The hospital’s accreditation to train specialist obstetricians and gynecologists was suspended and at least one doctor was suspended before the investigation ordered by Mackay HHS CEO Lisa Davies Jones.

“As a formal suspension process has begun, it would not be appropriate to make any further comments at this time,” she said in a statement.

“I want to reassure the community that there is no impact on their care or on clinical services.”

Mackay HHS Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Dr David Farlow, will assume the role of Dr Reasbeck “until further notice”.

Opposition Health Minister Ros Bates said the suspension was “deeply concerning”.

“This development proves once again that the Queensland health crisis is real and is affecting Queensland every day,” she said in a statement.

“The findings of this investigation must be made public in their entirety.

“It is time for the state government to start listening and taking ownership of the Queensland health crisis. “