Corruption and Crime Commission report uncovers bribes and bid-rigging at North Metropolitan Health Service
THE Corruption and Crime Commission has dropped a bombshell report exposing alleged corruption inside WA’s Health service, with senior executives accused of favouring contractors after being lavished with travel, boozy lunches and even renovations to their homes.
In a major report tabled in parliament this morning, the CCC claimed that over a ten year period public officers employed within the executive management of the North Metropolitan Health Service ensured a group of contractors received “tens of millions of dollars” of work on some of Perth’s largest hospitals.
“Regular and expensive gifts and gratuities given to some NMHS public officers were bribes,” the CCC report says.
“Systematic manipulation of procurement practices was financial fraud.”
The report named John Fullerton, former executive director of facilities management at NMHS and David Mulligan, former executive director of Perth’s Children’s Hospital has being key to the affair.
The CCC said various contractors paid tens of thousands of dollars for the public officers and sometimes their partners to travel interstate and overseas.
Contractors even renovated the private residence of Mr Fullerton and regular invitations were extended to public officers for “expensive, boozy” lunches. Public officers attended entertainment venues in Northbridge and “upscale restaurants”.
The CCC said it uncovered the allocation of lucrative work at NHHS hospitals including Sir Charles Gairdner, PathWest, Graylands Hospital and Midland and Joondalup campuses.
Also involved was the awarding of work for the integration of the QEII site into the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Contracts ranged from $10,000 to $600,000.
The CCC said the issues were only uncovered after a whistle-blower contacted investigators.
The CCC blasts the Health Department, saying NMHS had not proper policies in place and warning signs were left “unexplored”. Fear for losing jobs prevented some from speaking out.
The CCC has recommended authorities consider prosecutions against a number of Health Department officials as well as contractors.