Tasmania’s baby abuse inquiry praises ‘tenacity’ of victim-survivors in face of systemic failures

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If not for the tenacity of employees and victim-survivors of kid sexual abuse elevating issues in regards to the “substantial” failures on the Launceston Basic Hospital, these failures would have gone unknown and unaddressed, Tasmania’s baby sexual abuse fee of inquiry has heard.

On the fee’s remaining day of public hearings in Hobart, counsel aiding the fee Elizabeth Bennett SC spoke in regards to the hospital’s response to allegations of kid sexual abuse, together with these made towards nurse James Geoffrey Griffin, who was charged in 2019 — years after the primary grievance was made about him — and who died by suicide later that 12 months.

Ms Bennett instructed the fee there was a “lack of transparency” within the response to the Griffin allegations, led by the hospital’s medical companies director Dr Peter Renshaw — and in addition involving human assets supervisor James Bellinger — that had “eroded employees and group belief” within the LGH that would have “invited suspicions of a deliberate cover-up” — one thing that Dr Renshaw and Mr Bellinger have denied.

“We heard that there have been failures to document and move on essential info from and between HR supervisor Mr Bellinger and Dr Renshaw that was extremely related to decision-makers within the aftermath of Griffin’s stand-down and later dying,” Ms Bennett mentioned.

“This included essential info they each held in regards to the dangers Griffin had posed and the potential hyperlink between his offending and hospital sufferers.

“It’s open to the commissioners to search out that these omissions had the impact of downplaying the hospital’s data and compromising its capacity to appropriately reply to employees and group issues … We’re acutely aware that however for the tenacity of employees and victim-survivors in persevering with to lift their issues resulting in this fee, the substantial failures recognized within the stream of essential info would have gone unknown and unaddressed.”

Elizabeth Bennett SC mentioned a “lack of transparency” in coping with James Geoffrey Griffin allegations had “eroded employees and group belief” on the LGH.(Fee of Inquiry: Richard Jupe)
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