Corbell Silent On Defibrillators As More Questions Arise

Simon Corbell has more questions to answer on the tender process of the Government’s $3.8 million procurement of 56 new cardiac monitors and defibrillators, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brendan Smyth said today.

“Simon Corbell must confirm that the procurement was sound and that rigorous probity principles were applied to the process,” Mr Smyth said.

“It is disconcerting that that Simon Corbell has gone to ground on the Government’s MRx Monitor problems, preferring instead to force the agency to take the heat.

“Millions of dollars of public funds have been allowed to be spent on cardiac monitors with alleged faults, including, batteries which lost power, monitor leads which couldn’t be cleaned and required disposal after use, faulty blood pressure readings and transmission failures.

“Simon Corbell must guarantee that there will not be further problems stemming from the deployment of these defibrillators. He must also give certainty that no adverse patient outcomes have resulted from the MRx Monitor problems thus far.

“Ultimate responsibility rests on Simon Corbell, and he is answerable about procurement and the issues with this lifesaving equipment,” Mr Smyth concluded.