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1621 - Health - PELVIC MESH SURGERY

Shoebridge, David to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry representing the Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research
  1. Is it the case that a New South Wales gynaecologist⁄obstetrician, Dr Richard Reid, assisted with pelvic mesh surgery at a Victorian public hospital on May 10, 2013 and June 7, 2013, while he was being monitored by the NSW Medical Council and was under conditions imposed by the council in September, 2011 following complaints by women about pelvic mesh surgery?
    1. If so, was the NSW Medical Council advised of that surgery by Dr Reid, as required under the conditions?
  2. Is the Minister aware that the Victorian public hospital has stated it was not aware that Dr Reid assisted Victorian gynaecologist⁄obstetrician Dr Max Haverfield with surgery on four women using the Tissue Fixation System (TFS) mesh device in 2013, until a search of clinical records in 2016 following a complaint to the hospital by a third party about a TFS research paper published in 2015, stating the hospital's ethics committee had approved a TFS trial?
  3. Is it the case that the Victorian public hospital requires doctors who perform or assist surgery to be "credentialed and to hold an appointment", and that Dr Reid - a doctor being monitored and under conditions in New South Wales - operated in a Victorian public hospital without the necessary credentials and appointment?
    1. If so, what actions will NSW Health take in relation to this?
  4. Is it the case that a complaint about Dr Reid to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission in early 2014 is yet to be heard by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and a directions hearing on June 2 is expected to set a hearing date that could be as distant as 2018?
    1. If so, what actions will the Minister take in relation to this?
  5. Is it the case that the inventor of the TFS pelvic mesh device, the recently retired NSW Dr Peter Petros, also assisted Dr Haverfield with TFS surgery at the Victorian public hospital on two occasions in 2010 - January 15, 2010 and March 19, 2010 - while a director of TFS?
    1. If so, what actions will NSW Health take in relation to this?
  6. Is the Minister aware that the Victorian public hospital has stated it was not aware that Dr Petros assisted Dr Haverfield until a comprehensive search of its records following the complaint about Dr Haverfield's research paper?
  7. Is it the case that a complaint about Dr Petros was lodged with the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) more than two years ago and the HCCC has yet to determine if it is to pursue disciplinary action?
    1. If so, what actions will the Minister take in relation to this?
  8. Is the Minister aware that the Victorian public hospital has stated it has no record of approving a TFS surgery trial on women between December 2009 and July 2010 by Dr Haverfield, assisted twice by TFS inventor⁄company director Dr Petros, despite Dr Haverfield stating the hospital's ethics committee approved such a trial?
Answer -

I am not able to comment on what has occurred within a Victorian public hospital.

The Health Care Complaints Commission has set hearing dates regarding Dr Reid for December 2017.

The Health Care Complaints Commission advises that a determination has not yet been made in respect of a complaint regarding Dr Petros.

The Health Care Complaints Commission advises that both investigations have been highly complex. The independence of the Health Care Complaints Commission in conducting its investigations must be respected.

Question asked on 30 May 2017 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 111
Answer received on 4 July 2017 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 117