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Peel inquiry call in the next few days
WA Health Minister Kim Hames. Picture: Sharon Smith / The West Australian.

Health Minister Kim Hames says the Government will make a decision in the next few days whether an independent inquiry into the Peel Health Campus is warranted.

Dr Hames said today he had read the committee’s report with some concern but said while the allegations were serious they were “less than earth-shattering.”

“They don’t make specific allegations but at the end of the day they recommend we appoint someone to look into it or get a parliamentary committee after the election to look at it and further test the allegations that have been made,” he said

He said the Health Department was compiling a report this week and he would discuss it with the Premier.

He would not rule out an inquiry but agreed with the premier that a judicial inquiry was unnecessary.

Dr Hames said Ashton Foley did not have a medical background and was making allegations about improper practices, some administrative and others medical.

He denied he was suggesting Ms Foley was not a credible witness but said someone with a medical background needed to look at the allegations.

When asked if he had full confidence in Health Solutions, he said that was difficult under the circumstances with the allegations being made.

But he would not speculate on whether the company would be stripped of its contract to run Peel if serious misconduct was proved.

“That’s jumping a bit far but clearly companies we have a relationship with have to be above board,” he said.

“If something has been done that is clearly fraud, that will be referred to the police.

“If they were found by police and the courts to have committed fraud that is a very different situation but I can see no evidence as yet where fraud has been committed.”

“If there are differences of agreement or mismanagement of the service we will make a decision on what we do.”