Sacked Mackay doctor awarded huge backpay after name cleared
SACKED Mackay doctor Peter Wirth will receive backpay and reimbursement for legal costs, after coming to a settlement with Mackay Base Hospital on Friday.
Dr Wirth was fired from Mackay Base Hospital in January 2015, but in March this year the Supreme Court of Queensland quashed the decisions made by MHHS that led to his sacking.
Speaking to the Daily Mercury today, Dr Wirth said the settlement was the final stage in the ordeal.
It also brought to an end a terrible 18-months where he not only lost his job, but also lost both his parents and battled eye cancer.
"It's like a huge, huge weight has been lifted," Dr Wirth said.
"I want to publicly thank everyone who helped."
He said he was enormously grateful to all the Queensland Health employees who offered to be subpoenaed and spoke favourably of him in court.
But as he had "an agreement" with the hospital he did not want to jeopardise, Dr Wirth's fiance and partner of three and a half years Claudia McBride opted to speak about the impact the court case had on their family.
"We are very, very happy with the settlement and how it all came to an end," Ms McBride said.
"It was a big win."
She had not been allowed to speak to any Qld Health employees during the case, which included family members and cited that as one of the most stressful aspects.
She also said it had put a lot of pressure on her children, especially when their friends asked about it at school.
"Friends at school ask you know, if it's true. It puts a bit of pressure on the kids, they shouldn't be going through that," she said.
While she could not disclose how much the settlement was, she said it was also extremely gratifying to have his reputation cleared.
"It is a very important thing your reputation," she said.
Dr Wirth also resigned from the hospital on Friday, and will now look for work around Mackay.
Mackay Base Hospital did not wish to comment.