The State Liberals say the release of a letter offering chemotherapy dosing bungle victim Christopher McRae and his wife pitiful compensation of $5000 each further highlights the needs for a broad judicial inquiry into the various scandals gripping SA Health.
“The Premier Jay Weatherill and the CEO of Health David Swan have both publicly asserted that SA Health wasn’t involved in compensation negotiations,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“The compensation letter to the McRaes – released by victims today – shows that SA Health was fully involved.
“This is a SA Health letter, on SA Health letterhead, signed by an SA Health Executive and copied to the Health Minister.”
The letter raises serious questions as to whether the Premier misled Parliament and David Swan misled a Committee of the Parliament on the critical matter of who was responsible for the disgraceful handling of the victims’ compensation claims.
“This letter shows that SA Health was trying to do a cut price compensation deal with victims of the chemo therapy dosing scandal and that the Minister for Health was advised that a meagre $10000 had been offered to the Mr and Mrs McRae,” said Mr Wade.
“This letter exposes Minister Snelling’s repeated claim that the Weatherill Government has been a model litigant in this matter.
“Model litigants do not offer such a pitiful amount as compensation to a victim of a terminal condition.
“Nor do model litigants require the people they are negotiating with to sign confidentiality clauses which even went as far as preventing them from talking about the incident itself.
“The behavior of SA Health has been reprehensible in this scandal and nothing less than a judicial inquiry will suffice.”