Citizens Commission on Human Rights

The Mental Health Watchdog

Australian National Office

Unhealthy bureaucracy

ABCr News, Josh Robertson, 12 February 2020

Legal practice pictureNepotism, defamation claims and millions of taxpayer dollars spent on “indefensible” legal proceedings are at the centre of a scandal at Australia’s largest hospital service.

Alex Stewart says it was the most aggressive letter he’s seen in his legal career.

Coming from Australia’s largest hospital service to a former mental health patient, “it was certainly outlandish”, according to Mr Stewart — the service’s then senior commercial lawyer.

Within hours of learning Susan* had been interviewed by the ABC in 2017, Metro North Hospital and Health Service warned her that a blog post claiming she had been unlawfully held in a mental health unit was “seriously defamatory” of five of its psychiatrists.

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