Push to reopen disciplinary cases

The Queensland Government claims it is being blocked from reopening the disciplinary cases against dozens of the state’s doctors who were sanctioned over the death or serious harm of patients.

State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg (pictured) wants the case files so they can be examined by lawyers to determine whether the doctors involved should face criminal prosecution.

But he claims the Commonwealth will not hand them over.

The review — which would cover complaints dating back to 2007 — would also re-examine complaint cases where disciplinary action against doctors had been recommended by one regulatory agency but not enforced by another.

The push is among the key recommendations of the Chesterman report which in July raised fears the medical board in Queensland was not adequately responding to the “substance of complaints” and “too readily find