Health Minister forced to apologise for baseless tirade against Bates

Health Minister Cameron Dick has been forced to apologise for a cowardly political attack launched on the credibility of Member for Mudgeeraba and registered nurse Ros Bates.

Mr Dick, who sensationally accused Ms Bates of working as a nurse and breaching patient confidentiality when visiting Gold Coast University and Robina Hospitals, said he accepted independent findings which contradicted his claims.

“I confirm for the House that both the Office of the Health Ombudsman and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency have completed their consideration of these issues and have determined that no breach of the Member’s registration occurred and that actions undertaken by the Member were in her capacity as a Member of this Parliament,” Mr Dick told the Parliament last night.

“I accept these findings and conclusions unconditionally.

“As a consequence of these findings and conclusions, I accept that the Member for Mudgeeraba did not breach her registration obligations or mislead this House.

“I understand that this has been a difficult issue for the Member for Mudgeeraba and I apologise to her.”

Ms Bates said that after a sustained personal attack from the Minister, an apology was long overdue.

“After four months of baseless and vindictive personal attacks on me and my credibility as a registered nurse, and with his false claims exposed for all to see, Cameron Dick has finally conceded he was wrong and has apologised in the Parliament,” said Ms Bates.

“This is an apology which should have been made four months ago.

“Time and again, Cameron Dick has proven he is willing to put his own ambition ahead of the truth to score political points.

“Cameron Dick’s sustained attack on me was not only false and misleading, it was an attack on the nursing profession in this State.

“Cameron Dick is a do-nothing, know-nothing Minister who does not even listen to nurses.

“This saga has been an absolute embarrassment for this Labor Government and Cameron Dick should be ashamed.

“I understand the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly is still considering whether to refer the Minister’s statements to the Ethics Committee for investigation.”

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