Jul 22 2014

Asbestos concerns in North Goulburn

A local resident is demanding that council tent off the old supertex site at 85 to 115 Chantry Street in Goulburn due to asbestos concerns.

Peter Raft has raised the issue with Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Workcover.

Exposure to broken up asbestos fibres can kill people, but its affects are not often known until 30 or 40 years later.

Mr. Raft believes something should be done straight away.

In the meantime Council's new General Manager Warwick Bennett says he's very concerned about the issue, particularly from a public safety perspective.

Council has asked for further testing to be done and for a remedial action plan to be handed to them as soon as possible.

They've also asked for the slabs to broken up on the site, to allow for better testing.

Mr. Bennett says they're still considering whether the area needs to be tented off.

Jul 22 2014

Southern Local Health District defends decision to terminate surgeon's contract

The Southern Local Health District says a decision to stand down a Goulburn surgeon was based entirely around conditions imposed by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Dr. Wisam Alkidady started working at Goulburn Base Hospital as a surgeon back in February 2013 having previously worked in Queensland.

He was a supervisor in an incident where a vein was allegedly cut during bowel surgery on a tumour.

The patient eventually died.

In April 2013 the Queensland Queensland Medical Board imposed conditions that  required him to be supervised for certain procedures.

Following this the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency issued more stringent conditions in June 2014.

In a statement The Southern Local Health District says the new conditions, restricted the duties Dr Alkidady could perform unsupervised.

They decided to end his contract.

It seems the decision was made on the grounds that it was no longer practical to employ Dr. Alkidady

Surgeons are often required at all times of the day, and there are limited resources for supervision in an area like Goulburn.

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