Two senior Queensland Health bureaucrats have been stood aside while the Crime and Corruption Commission investigates their behaviour in a staff recruitment matter.
The Courier-Mail reports deputy director-general of corporate services Sussan Middleditch and eHealth Queensland chief executive Colin McCririck are the two bureaucrats under investigation over allegations they “conspired to get one of their spouses a plum job”.
The department released a brief statement citing the investigation of “two senior officers following an internal complaint regarding recruitment processes”:
“The Department of Health will not be commenting on the current actions being undertaken in relation to the complaint.”
Queensland Health boss Michael Walsh is understood to have stood down the pair on New Year’s Day, after the CCC informed him of the investigation the day prior.
The newspaper says Terry Middleditch, husband of Sussan, won a job as acting director of people and culture within Queensland Health’s e-health unit just months after his wife was promoted to deputy director-general.
The Courier-Mail also alleges the couple’s daughter was given a job within Queensland Health in 2014. The CCC is apparently also looking into this matter.
It’s the second nepotism scandal to hit Queensland government ranks in recent months. Last November, former Education Department director-general Julie Grantham was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term after pleading guilty to fixing a recruitment process to land her son a position in the public service.