Community committee to seek confidential report on investigation into cancer specialist

A community committee which led the campaign for the reinstatement of suspended cancer specialist Kiran Phadke will seek a confidential report from the inquiry.

The aim of the four-member group is to “to ensure this type of injustice never happens to another doctor”.

The move was revealed following Dr Phadke’s return in June to private practice, in oncology and haematology, at Southside Cancer Centre, Miranda, after all restrictions were removed by medical authorities.

Dr Phadke was reinstated as an oncologist at St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital in mid-2017 after his suspension was lifted.

​More than 100 people, including patients and their families, attended a private function to support the specialist’s return to private practice.

Businesswoman Madeline Tynan, who hosted the function, said Dr Phadke, his wife, Linda and their daughter Alana were very thankful to the community for their support over the last two years. 

Among those present at the function were prominent neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, Heathcote MP Lee Evans, who  was prominent in his support for Dr Phadke at the 2017 public meeting, and Miranda MP Eleni Petinos.

Ms Tynan is a member of the community committee, formed in late 2016, to galvanise support for Dr Phadke.

Other members include Michael Douglas, who was a senior policy adviser to former Health Minister Ron Phillips, former chair of the Southern Sydney Area Health Service, Lorna Stone and Sutherland Shire councillor Carol Provan.

The committee has met twice since Dr Phadke's reinstatement to discuss further action.

Mr Douglas said questions remained over the handling of the  complaint against the specialist, and the committee would to seek answers.

“We are going to apply under freedom of information for the report of the internal inquiry,” he said.

“Our aim is to ensure this sort of injustice does not happen to any other doctor.

“The inquiry should have been done by an independent body.

“Instead, it was a bit like going to your mother-in-law about your wife.”

Ms Tynan said  while “justice has now been served”, the toll on Dr Phadke and his family had been enormous.

“I think a less stronger family would have been crushed,” she said.

Cr Provan said Dr Phadke’s return to private practice was “absolutely wonderful” for his patients.

“People put t their lives on hold, waiting for him to come back,” she said.

“It was absolutely dreadful for them when he could no longer be their doctor.”