Ombudsman uncertainty leads to walkout

Uncertainty surrounding the new Queensland health Ombudsman has led to an exodus of medical investigators in the state, sparking claims the safety of public will be at risk.

The ombudsman will replace the Health Quality and Complaints Commission from July next year and oversee all complaints against health practitioners in the state, trumping the role of AHPRA and its boards.

But staff at the HQCC have been given no guarantee they will still have roles under the new ombudsman, leading many from its team of 59 full-time-equivalent staff members to look for jobs