CEO used hospital funds to dine on lobster and travel to Thailand

Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog also revealed the former regional health service chief issued dodgy contracts worth almost $1 million

A former health service CEO used public hospital money to dine out on lobster and travel business class to Thailand, an anti-corruption watchdog has revealed.

Victoria's Operation Meroo special report, tabled in state parliament on Friday, also revealed the health chief awarded dodgy contracts and wrongly claimed more than $300,000 in personal expenses.

The report comes as the state and nation's health services are struggling with a huge increase in demand,