Medical Ombudsman now taking patient complaints

Ongoing matters have been transferred from the HQCC to the OHO, which will be headed by Leon Atkinson-MacEwen, the former Tasmanian Ombudsman and Health Complaints Commissioner. 

The OHO will take complaints against public, private and not-for-profit health service providers in Queensland – including hospitals and GP clinics – as well as individual registered and unregistered practitioners, such as doctors, dentists, nutritionists and masseuses.

Anyone can make a complaint directly to the OHO by calling 133 646. 

"With this new health complaints system, Queenslanders can be confident complaints will be dealt with expeditiously and appropriately, and in accordance with the highest levels of transparency and accountability," Mr Atkinson-MacEwen said in a statement. 

Health regulation in Queensland has been a continual source of controversy and last year saw Health Minister Lawrence Springborg threaten to sack the