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Government should move quickly to release report of Independent Inquiry into Dr Emil Gayed

Government should move quickly to release report of Independent Inquiry into Dr Emil Gayed

Published on January 30, 2019 by Justine Anderson and Bill Madden

The NSW Government has been urged to quickly release the findings of an independent inquiry into Dr Emil Gayed expected to be delivered to NSW Health this week, following two extensions of its initial planned publication date.

The inquiry headed by Gail Furness SC has examined the oversight of the quality of care and safety of patients treated by Dr Gayed in NSW public hospitals including:

  • Manning Base Hospital
  • Grafton Base Hospital
  • Kempsey District Hospital
  • Cooma Hospital
  • Mona Vale Hospital

“Many women across NSW who were treated by this doctor will be anxiously awaiting the release of this report containing the findings reached by Gail Furness SC”, said Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Justine Anderson.

“These patients, including those represented by our Firm, have been waiting for answers as to what was known, by whom and what actions, if any, were taken in the various hospitals where Dr Gayed worked.

“It is most important for these women that the report is released in full as soon as it is provided to the Secretary of Health this Thursday (31/1/2019).

“In seeking to exercise their legal rights, many potential claimants may be seriously disadvantaged by time limitation provisions.

“A delay in releasing the final part of this report will only further delay the ability for women to seek to protect their legal rights.

“We are hopeful that the NSW Government with the benefit of this comprehensive report will not seek to rely on technical points in defence of claims. The Furness Report will only now provide the first full account of Dr Gayed’s activity within the NSW public hospital system”, said Ms Anderson.

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