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Flying Doctors defend safety record in Qld

Flying Doctors defend safety record in Qld
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service has defended its safety record after an independent audit into how the organisation runs.

Health Minister Cameron Dick announced on Thursday an independent audit had found governance and policy issues with the iconic aerial medivac and patient transport service.

RFDS chairman Bill Mellor said the issues had nothing to do with aircraft safety, which continued to meet requirements.

"When first made aware of the findings of this complex and technical report, we immediately worked through the detail and have provided Queensland Health with a comprehensive response," Mr Mellor said.

"The RFDS is adopting best practice but certainly won't rest on our laurels and will work closely with Queensland Health to address the report."

Acting Health director-general Dr Michael Cleary and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young met RFDS officials on Thursday afternoon.
Mr Dick reiterated in parliament the audit wasn't safety-related.

"But there are a number of issues particularly around governance and policy, about how the organisation runs, that need to be pursued," he said.

The RFDS started in the Queensland town of Cloncurry 1928 and is still contracted by the state government to transport patients in remote areas.

Mr Dick was confident the issues would be sorted out quickly and the service would continue.

"My aim and my hope is that there will always be a flying doctor service," he said.


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