Review into workplace bullying announced

Review into workplace bullying announced.

 

Here is a chance to have your say if you or someone you know was bullied. The Federal Parliament of Australia has asked a Parliamentary Standing Committee to hold an inquiry into workplace bullying. Make suggestions or just tell your story. You can make a submission without fear that someone can sue you. In making a submission you are protected by Parliamentary Privilege so you are immune from legal action. If you still work where the bullying is taking place and are worried about reprisals then you can make a confidential submission. For all the information you need follow the links on the following link (copy paste into your browser if necessary):

http://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/house_of_representatives_committees?url=ee/bullying/index.htm

www.westmeadhospitalwhistleblowers.com

 

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Westmead Hospital Whistleblowers

Westmead Hospital Whistleblowers is serialising and account of the bullying of Dr Michael Cole at Westmead Hospital for blowing the whistle on the harm done to babies at Westmead Hospital as a result of the administration’s failure to act when alerted to the lack of clinical competence of Professor Tarnow Mordi.

Click here:   http://www.westmeadhospitalwhistleblowers.com/the-william-tarnow-mordi-scandal.html

Other posts on reprisals and bullying on Whistleblower Australia,click here.

The Mobbing of Lyn Downe at Nepean Hospital, click here.


Index of recent posts

Millions of Health Dollars Wasted by Sydney West Area Health Service.
Millions of dollars wasted by Sydney West Local Health District on reprisals against Lyn Downe at Nepean Hospital.

Millions more taxpayer’s dollars wasted by Sydney West Local Health District.
Dr Michael Cole, the Westmead Hospital Whistleblower, exposes the William Tarnow Mordi scandal at Westmead Hospital.

Is William Tarnow Mordi still experimenting on babies?
Julie Robotham and the Sydney Morning Herald ask why Sydney West Local Health District still allows the discredited William Tarnow Mordi to be in charge of experiments on babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Westmead Hospital.

 Sydney West Local Health District Lied
Sydney West Local Health District covers up the delay in removing William Tarnow Mordi from directing the treatment protocols and policies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Westmead Hospital.

Bullying, Mobbing, Reprisals and Whistleblowing Resources
An extensive collection of links relating to whistleblowing, reprisals, mobbing and bullying.

 Whatever happened to Bryan McKee Hata
Sydney West Local Health District’s pursuit of Brian McKee Hata.

Bullying in the Schoolyard Is Not the Same as Workplace Bullying by Janice Harper
Janice Harper’s insightful article.


Is William Tarnow Mordi still experimenting on babies?

Disgraced doctor William Tarnow Mordi was allowed to quietly stand down from treating babies in the Centre for Newborn Care, the Neonatal Intensive care Unit, at Westmead Hospital after whistleblower Dr Michael Cole alerted authorities to Tarnow Mordi’s lack of competence and an external investigation found that he should not be allowed to treat babies.

But despite this scandal Tarnow Mordi, a University of Sydney Professor, was allowed to remain as Director of the unit and to manage research on the babies he was not allowed to treat. He was promoted to Director of neonatal trials at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s clinical trials unit.

The Human Research Ethics Committee at Westmead Hospital ignored complaints that Tarnow Mordi continued to experiment on babies after his clinical privileges were removed in July 2009. Dr Cole and another doctor wrote to the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Chairman, Professor Stephen Leeder, expressing concerns. The doctor’s concerns were ignored.

The same concerns remain unanswered. Are the parents who agree to experiments being performed on their babies fully informed about the professional status of Tarnow Mordi who has no clinical privileges and is not allowed to treat babies? Or are parents misled, believing that their babies are under the competent care of a University of Sydney professor and Director of the NHMRC neonatal trials unit?


Sydney West Local Health District Lied

Sydney West Local health Network Lied. That is not a surprise.

Initially Sydney West Local Health District (SWLHD) told Julie Robotham of the Sydney Morning Herald that William Tarnow Mordi, the disgraced director of the Westmead Neonatal Unit, had been allowed to step down quietly in August 2008. See Millions More Taxpayers Dollars wasted by Sydney West Local Health District in this blog.

Finally SWLHD admitted that Tarnow Mordi had been allowed to stay on as researcher and director of the Unit until his contract expired in December 2009. During this time he remained in charge of treatment protocols, governance and the safety of the babies in the Unit. SMH Here.

SWLHD and its predecessor Sydney West Area Health Service covered up the Tarnow Mordi scandal for nearly a decade. Junior nurses and doctors including Dr Michael Cole had told an external investigation by Professor Ross Haslam in 2001 that they did not know who to turn to when they were concerned by the management given to babies in the Unit.

Taxpayers and parents of babies who were harmed or died in the Westmead Neonatal Unit during this time should contact their Members of Parliament to demand a Judicial Inquiry into Tarnow Mordi’s appointment and SWLHD’s decade long cover up.

The Hon Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health can be contacted at
Level 31, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney 2000
Phone 9228 5229, Fax 9228 5877

Contact details for other Memebrs of Parliament can be downloaded from here.
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/V3ListDownloads


Millions more taxpayer’s dollars wasted by Sydney West Local Health District.

Professor William Tarnow Mordi was protected by Sydney West Local Health District for nearly a decade.

An articles in the Sydney Morning Herald slams Westmead Hospital and Sydney West Local Health District (SWLHD) for not acting on damning external investigations spanning seven years that exposed William Tarnow Mordi’s lack of managerial and clinical skills. Thousands of taxpayer and charity dollars were wasted on equipment that no one knew how to use. And babies were put at risk by concerning clinical practices.

William Tarnow Mordi SMH

The first report was in 2001 by Professor Ross Haslam who found ”considerable variability in the work practices of the consultants”.
In August of 2008 William Tarnow Mordi was allowed to step down quietly after the report by Professor David Tudehope and specialist nurse Sandie Bredemyer was critical of Professor Tarnow Mordi’s clinical and managerial skills.

A Westmead Hospital spokesperson said that between August 2008 and the appointment of a new director, Professor Tarnow Mordi took periods of leave and undertook further training.

Taxpayers and those who donate to charities might well be concerned that Westmead Hospital and SWLHD took no effective action to correct a problem that had been brought to their attention seven years earlier in 2001. They might be concerned that taxpayer’s dollars might now be wasted on possibly avoidable legal cases and damages for at least one baby who was allegedly harmed during those seven years.

Taxpayers would be relieved by Westmead Hospital’s reassurance that Professor Tarnow Mordi was not the director of the Unit and did not perform research on babies in the Unit after August 2008.


Whatever happened to Bryan Mckee Hata

Bryan McKee Hata was a caring senior nurse at Westmead Hospital until he was suspended by Sydney West Local Health District (called Sydney West Area health Service   at the time) for allegedly writing at least 26 letters. The letters documented serious concerns about care and the bullying tactics used at Westmead Hospital. SMH article

The letters were  written to the Premier of NSW, the Ministers of Health and the Director of NSW Health and others.

McKee Hata denied writing the letters but had no alternative but to resign. Ms Chris Ronalds SC.

If the issues were serious or if they involved substandard care to patients or bullying of those staff who spoke out on behalf of the patients, then the question is this: Were these serious matters investigated and by whom and what were the findings?

We have heard about the persecution of McKee Hata by the Area (District), but nothing about whether the Department of Health has investigating the complaints and put strategies in place to protect the patients and staff.

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