'Corrupt' WA health bureaucrats charged

Two ex-bureaucrats at the centre of Perth's North Metropolitan Health Service corruption scandal have been charged with dozens of offences, more than 18 months after being exposed in an explosive Corruption and Crime Commission report.

The 2018 report revealed John Fullerton, David Mulligan and Shaun Ensor took gratuities including overseas flights, accommodation and boozy lunches from 11 contractors for a decade, giving them ongoing work in exchange.

The CCC said contractors also handed over envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash to keep the work flowing.

The watchdog said Fullerton, a former NMHS executive director of facilities management, even used contractors to renovate his home then helped them to fraudulently invoice the service about $170,000 for the works.

When the report was released, CCC Commissioner John McKechnie, a former Supreme Court justice, said he was not easily shocked but was surprised by the scale of corruption.

Court documents show Fullerton has been charged with 47 offences, while Mulligan faces 10 charges, with both set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 25.