A British researcher has been accused of lying about his treatment of colon cancer patients to the Australian government and his own superiors, a court has heard.
Professor Sir Tim Jones was appointed in September 2015 to conduct an independent inquiry into the use of colonoscopy in Australia.
But after he began to perform colonoscopies, his team discovered they were not receiving any of the necessary drugs and they were being subjected to “medical torture”.
The inquiry was due to report in March 2019 but has been delayed by the Australian Government.
The Australian Medical Association also called for a review into the “Colonial internal medicine” program. “
The report has been thoroughly and independently scrutinised and we are satisfied that Professor Jones has acted in the best interests of the patients he treated.”
The Australian Medical Association also called for a review into the “Colonial internal medicine” program.
Dr Jones, who has a PhD in surgery from Imperial College London, was initially paid $3,500 a month for a year to conduct colonoscopes, which were administered under the care of a nurse.
But he was not paid until April this year.
He then used his own funds to provide the drugs to the colonoscoped patients and then continued to administer them.
The findings were later made public by Professor Jones.
But his team decided to stop the colonoscope-administration program when they discovered that the drugs they had been receiving were not available to them.
After the revelations, a letter was sent to the Victorian Health Department and the Victorian Government.
Dr Paul Tulloch, who is on the board of the Victorian Medical Council, said that Dr Jones’ treatment was not consistent with what was required by the Royal College of Physicians of Australia (RCPAA).
He said that when Dr Jones started working for the RCPAA in 2013, the drugs were not widely available.
“I don’t think the RCPAA [Royal College of Practitioners of Australia] is really a reliable source of information on the quality of the medicines being used in practice,” he said.
“It’s really a mess.”
Dr Tullo said that in 2017, when the RCPsAA published its report into colonoscoping, it was clear that the program was not meeting the standards required by that body.
“They’ve said that the drug shortages were caused by the fact that they had a large number of people with colon cancer, so they didn’t have the resources to prescribe them,” he explained.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that there was no need for the Victorian Minister to comment on the matter, as the matter was before the court. “
That’s a lot of people, and so they were having to use their own resources.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that there was no need for the Victorian Minister to comment on the matter, as the matter was before the court.
But the statement from the Health Department said that “there is a need for a robust and transparent public inquiry into this matter and the outcomes of the inquiry”.
The Victorian Government’s statement said that it “recognises that there has been an ongoing review of the Colonial Internal Medicine program and is fully supportive of the RCMPA report”.
A spokesperson from the Victorian Department of Public Health and Ageing, which oversees the program, said: We have had an inquiry into our programs over the past 18 months.
This inquiry was held in March 2017.
“We will continue to support the inquiry as the review is underway.
We continue to provide resources to the RCPMAs [Royal Colonial Medicine Program] for the provision of services to our patients.”
Dr Jones did not respond to requests for comment. ABC/wires