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April 2007

The birds!

Longstanding Esperance GP and Liberal MLA Dr Graham Jacobs finds himself in a challenging situation, with birds dropping out of Esperance skies, presumably from contamination from lead carbonate shipped out of Esperance harbour. The contamination appears airborne, and with a ‘no safe threshold limit' for lead in humans, fall out for his patient (now constituent) population seems inevitable. His choices might be to quietly get on with doctoring in the town or scaremongering and Labor-bashing for political advantage in his marginal seat.

Silver lining on the Gray cloud?

The pragmatic peace pipe is out at Sirtex Medical. The company announced it had been granted leave to amend its cost claim against Professor Bruce Gray, and said it had received a written undertaking from Prof Gray to refrain from directly or indirectly carrying on any business similar to, or competitive against, Sirtex's. Given the boardroom events of last year, this is a huge change. Meanwhile, Sirtex's net profit dropped to $1.6m (compared to $2.7m last period) although sales increased worldwide. The reason for the drop? Legal fees.

C3: all cashed up with nothing to sell

As we predicted in the February edition, investors are now running a mile from C3 after it downgraded its earnings forecast....

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Beneath the Drapes. April 2007

Dr Lachlan Henderson has been appointed General Manager at Healthscope's Mount Hospital, the first time the hospital has had a medico at the helm. Previous GM Brad Sebbes is heading up the new Fiona Stanley Hospital with all its planning headaches. As Lachlan arrives, Mount Project Officer Joanne Fraser is leaving for personal reasons. The Mount is rumoured to be undergoing serious refurbishment in some clinical domains.

Adj. Prof Bernard Laurence has stepped down from his position as...

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WA police riot squad in action

Karl O’Callaghan – cops and medicos

WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has seen it all in his 32 years of service. Like all policemen, he has done his share of beat walking and operational policing. He has overseen front line operations as District Superintendent in the Wheatbelt and South East Metro districts. He has even been in the hot seat as WA's ‘top cop’, which makes his observations sobering and chilling.... Read More...