Michael Hornby... still chasing answers
Michael Hornby... still chasing answers

Grieving dad seeks answers on medical system failures

A FATHER who lost his twin daughters in an horrendous road accident at Woombye in 2009 has called for a full independent inquiry into the prior medical treatment given to the driver of the vehicle that slammed into them.

Michael Hornby met Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson this week to detail a range of issues surrounding the psychiatrist who treated Anthony Thomson before he drove his car - with headlights off - along the Nambour Connection Rd, crashing into and killing five-year-olds Jessica and Grace Hornby and their grandmother Denise Mansell.

Thomson also died in the crash.

Mr Hornby has since joined a group of whistleblowers who have raised complaints with the Queensland Health Quality Complaints Commission, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Health Minister and police about the conduct of two psychiatrists who treated patients in Ward 3c of the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.

One of the doctors, Zoran Radovic, was dismissed after repeatedly failing exams that would have allowed him to work unsupervised.

The other, Dr Philip Bird, who treated Anthony Thomson, this year had a series of 18 conditions imposed by AHPRA on his right to practice.

They were reduced to eight undertakings last month.

Mr Thomson had a cocktail of drugs in his system at the time he died, including six times the prescribed dosage of the dexamphetamine with which he was being treated by Dr Bird.

Mr Hornby contends that if people in hospital management and government had listened and properly acted on complaints going back to 2002, his daughters may still be alive.

"I need to understand why these complaints were never fully investigated," he said.

"I need to do whatever it takes to ensure that no other family ever suffers the pain of losing a child in the same circumstances that I have."