Mackay Hospital and Health Service has received an updated timeline on the independent investigation into obstetrics and gynaecology services.
Chief Executive Lisa Davies Jones said the investigation team had advised they were about to start the last part of their work which would take four to six weeks.
This work is for the investigators to provide interested parties an opportunity to respond to any potential findings they may make in the final report.
Ms Davies Jones said this important part of the investigation was necessary to ensure fairness to all involved.
“I have been clear from the beginning that the independent investigators must be allowed the time they need to do their work and that the process must be fair, and this is why I have agreed to this further extension of time requested.
“I want to reiterate the importance of the independence of this investigation and the commitment by myself and the health service to not pre-empt the investigation in any way.
Ms Davies Jones said the health service expected to receive the final report in August, an extension from the previously advised report delivery of 30 June.
“We will provide a further update on timing closer to the conclusion of the investigation’s work,” she said.
Ms Davies Jones said after receiving the report the heath service would develop an action plan in response to any recommendations.
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