Medical practitioner sanctions: Natural justice requirements

In the decision Antonio Vega Vega v Hoyle & Ors [2015] QSC 111, now available online but previously reported by ABC News, the Queensland Supreme Court found in favour of a surgeon in respect of an asserted denial of natural justice, leading to him being stood down from a regional hospital. The Supreme Court decision follows on from an earlier tribunal decision in 2014.

The newspaper quoted Justice Lyons as ultimately holding (at [190]):

“A breach of natural justice occurred … in that the health service investigators proceeded to deliver their report to the acting director-general of health … despite the denial of that information to the applicant,”

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