Former health minister accused of diverting funds from health careBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.632/b (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:632
- Christopher Zinn
A former Australian federal health minister is fighting allegations that he “raided” more than £2m ($2.8m; €3.2m) from projects on asthma and rural health to help fund the new Canberra headquarters of a doctors' lobby group that now employs him as a consultant.
Prime Minister John Howard has been drawn into the embarrassing row, promising parliament there would be an inquiry into the matter and a full reinstatement of the A$5m to the original projects.
The former minister, Dr Michael Wooldridge, who retired from politics at the federal election last November, …