Hospital PPP collapse leaves board in disarray

Wendy Harris has resigned as chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre amid concerns about a public stoush between the board and the state government. Going public with her concerns over lost private subsidies for the hospital’s public wings appears to have cost the distinguished QC her position.

Wendy Harris QC

Wendy Harris

The chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Wendy Harris QC, has resigned following the Victorian government’s decision to reject plans to include a private wing in the public hospital.

Harris met with Health Minister Jill Hennessy on Friday to tender her resignation, effective immediately.

Earlier this month the Victorian government ordered Peter Mac not to proceed with plans to create a private hospital on the 13th floor of the new cancer centre because, said Premier Daniel Andrews, “it is not compatible with a comprehensive cancer centre that belongs to every single Victorian.”

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