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Agency ID948
TitleCommission Of Inquiry Appointed To Inquire Into And Report On Allegations Concerning The Acts Or Omissions Of Certain Persons Associated With The Herberton District Hospital
Agency TypeCommission of Inquiry
Start Date 2/1/1963
End Date 20/6/1963
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Inquiry into the Herberton District Hospital

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
16829Exhibits File 27/5/1960 4/12/1962
16834Newspaper Clipping File 9/12/1962 30/12/1963
16831Transcript of Proceedings 8/1/1963 2/3/1963
16828Miscellaneous Files 29/4/1963 10/11/1966
16825Herberton Hospital Inquiry Report [Majority and Minority/Separate reports] 20/6/1963 20/6/1963
16833Majority Report 20/6/1963 20/6/1963
16832Minority/Separate Report 20/6/1963 20/6/1963
16830Solicitor General's Report 15/8/1963 15/8/1963
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1963, Vol. CCXII, No. 3, p. 11
Herberton Hospital Commission of Inquiry [Press Clippings] A/73321
Borchardt, D.H. Checklist of Royal commissions, Select Committees of Parliament and Boards of Inquiry:..Queensland...1960-1980...Bundoora, Vic. Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, 1986, p. 238
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Legislation

Establishing Commissions of Inquiry Act 1950
Abolishing N/A
Administered N/A
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
'The Commission of Inquiry Appointed to Inquire into and Report on Allegations Concerning the Acts or Omissions of Certain Persons Associated with the Herberton District Hospital' was established under the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1950 by Order in Council 5 January 1963.

The Commission of Inquiry was to investigate "whether there have been any acts or omissions" by the Medical Superintendent of the Herberton District Hospital or the Matron of the Herberton District Hospital, which constitute a "failure to efficiently and properly" discharge their duties. Also, "without limiting the aforegoing, whether there have been any acts or omissions by the Medical Superintendent of the Herberton District Hospital or the Matron of the Herberton District Hospital or any member of the Atherton Hospitals Board which prevented or tended to prevent the due co-operation and co-ordination of the Medical Services and the Nursing Services Branches of the Herberton District Hospital." Finally, the Commission of Inquiry was to examine "any other matter or thing appertaining to the aforesaid matters which to them shall seem meet and proper in the public interest." The Commission of Inquiry was to report and make any recommendations to the Minister for Health and Home Affairs.

Daniel John Kearney headed the Commission of Inquiry assisted by Glenloth Victor Hickey and Violet Mary Hall.

CONDUCT OF THE INQUIRY:
The Inquiry commenced at Herberton on 8 January 1963, and sat there for 16 days. The Inquiry was adjourned to Cairns, and sat there for one day on 13 February 1963. It was further adjourned to Brisbane, where evidence and address were heard over a period of 5 days, from 26 February to 2 March, 1963, inclusive. In all, 32 witnesses were examined.

The Commission of Inquiry concluded in disagreement between its members. The report consists of two documents: a report by D.J. Kearney and G. Hickey and another report of V.M. Hall. The first report recommended the sacking of the Matron and another person, who also faced allegations, but the second minority report recommended that the Medical Superintendent dismissed be at once.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID948, Commission Of Inquiry Appointed To Inquire Into And Report On Allegations Concerning The Acts Or Omissions Of Certain Persons Associated With The Herberton District Hospital
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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