New Queensland surgeon scandal

It's been revealed a South American surgeon, who completed his undergraduate medical training in Spain, removed the wrong kidney from a patient earlier this year.

It's also alleged he nicked the artery of another patient, who later returned to hospital suffering extensive blood loss.

The case has echoes of the notorious Jayant Patel controversy, which turned the spotlight on the credentials of overseas-trained doctors working in the Queensland health system.

The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Board has sacked Rockhampton Hospital's director of surgery, along with the acting executive director of medical services.

Board chairman Charles Ware told Fairfax radio there is a systemic issue at the hospital.

A broad-ranging review of patient safety systems had been ordered and another review will look at the incidents involving the surgeon.

"These reviews must be thorough and robust, and I assure Central