Primary tight-lipped over defamation settlement

Mystery surrounds the outcome of the defamation suit of former Primary Health Care boss Dr Edmund Bateman against Fairfax Media.

Dr Bateman (pictured) claimed aggravated damages for defamation against the publisher over a series of articles published in 2010, which he alleged portrayed him as a “cruel employer” who ran his medical centres like “sweatshops” and “debtors’ prisons” in an amended statement of claim filed in the Supreme Court of NSW in July this year.

His company, Idameneo (a subsidiary of

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