NSW chemo doctor settles unfair dismissal


A NSW doctor accused of underdosing dozens of cancer patients has settled an unfair dismissal claim against Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, but has lost a bid to get his job back or receive compensation.

Dr John Grygiel, who gave more than 100 head and neck cancer patients in Sydney and the state's central west flat or significantly reduced doses of chemotherapy, was stood down last February after an investigation was launched into his treatments.

On Friday, St Vincent's released a joint statement with Dr Grygiel stating both had reached an "amicable" resolution to the oncologist's Fair Work Commission complaint.

The terms of the settlement were confidential but AAP understands that Dr Grygiel did not obtain his main requests for compensation, an apology, or a reinstatement of his position.

He did receive an annual leave pay-out and other statutory entitlements.

"Each party has expressed satisfaction with the outcome and acknowledged that the other has acted in good faith throughout the proceedings, and with the interests of patients at heart," the statement said.

St Vincent's has also agreed to sponsor a conference on the use of chemotherapy agents as a radiosensitiser in the treatment of cancers.

A government review last year found the doctor had given "off-protocol" doses to at least 129 patients in Sydney, and a small number of patients at hospitals in the state's central west.

Dr Grygiel told a NSW parliamentary inquiry in November he stood by his treatment, and that he decided on a level of chemotherapy dosage 12 years before medical guidelines were introduced in 2006.

A spokesman for the hospital said it stood by the findings of the NSW Health review.

"We still maintain that Dr Gygriel's prescribing was inappropriate."

Despite coming to the hospital's attention in June 2015, the scandal did not come to light until February 2016, when many of the patients found out through media reports.

The parliamentary inquiry into the saga will resume on March 31 and is expected to hear from the chief executive of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Gerry Marr.