All clear at cam­pus

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Mark Don­ald­son

THE North Metropoli­tan Health Ser­vice has con­firmed that there were no un­der­hand deal­ings dis­cov­ered at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus as part of an in­quiry into cor­rup­tion with WA Health bu­reau­crats.

A Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion re­port re­leased on Thurs­day, out­lined up to a decade of de­ceit in­volv­ing se­nior North Metro Health Ser­vice staff mem­bers ac­cept­ing bribes from con­trac­tors in ex­change for work at hos­pi­tals north of the river.

Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus was men­tioned in the re­port but an NMHS spokes­woman said there were “no un­der­hand con­tracts awarded at JHC”.

The hos­pi­tal has un­der­gone hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars of re­de­vel­op­ment since 2010.

“The ex-NMHS em­ploy­ees did not man­age, and were not part of, any con­tracts as­so­ci­ated with JHC,” the spokes­woman said.

Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus chief ex­ec­u­tive Kemp­ton Cowan said Thurs­day’s re­port was “the first we have heard of this is­sue”.

“It seems that we have been men­tioned by as­so­ci­a­tion only, and that there are no ac­cu­sa­tions of any im­pro­pri­ety at Joon­dalup,” he said.

“I am very con­fi­dent that all work has been al­lo­cated ap­pro­pri­ately at Joon­dalup, and that JHC is com­pli­ant with all the terms of its con­tracts.”

Other health cen­tres cov­ered by the NMHS – and men­tioned in the re­port – in­clude Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal, St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal, PathWest and Gray­lands Hos­pi­tal.

Among the more se­ri­ous find­ings was the dis­cov­ery that one se­nior of­fi­cial had pri­vate ren­o­va­tions done on his home by a hos­pi­tal con­trac­tor and then col­luded with the con­trac­tor to in­voice the NMHS about $170,000 for the work.

In an­other case, a pub­lic ser­vant ac­cepted a bribe from a con­trac­tor.

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