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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Departure Lounge : Part Four
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'In the final episode of Departure Lounge, Happy announces that Andrew will have to contribute a large amount towards the settlement of the Jye Foster case, as he put MDA in a difficult negotiating position.

'While Carr and other senior staff at the hospital appear to have accepted Andrew's actions with some tolerance, he knows that if he openly challenges Carr it will put him off side. Lucy is anxious that he doesn't do anything more to jeopardise his career but Andrew fears for the fate of any infants who come under Carr's knife.

Andrew turns to Jamie for advice on how to attack Carr. In Jamie's view, the only course of action is to take his complaint to the Medical Board, in which case his actions will be out in the open. Jamie believes this course of action will be career suicide.

'Andrew is on the verge of backing off when another baby needing heart surgery comes to Norwood Hospital and Carr is assigned to operate. Andrew now feels compelled to pursue his complaint.

'Furious, Carr turns to MDA for representation and is reassured by Happy that despite Andrew's previous association with MDA, they will give Carr a robust defence.

'At MDA, Jamie comes across evidence that is damning of Carr. Carr's mortality rates are much worse that the national average and if this information is revealed to the Medical Board it will sink Carr. MDA is in a difficult situation. It seems clear to them that Carr is not competent, but as he is their member they can't present damaging evidence.

'At the pre-hearing before the medical tribunal, Andrew puts his case. But the evidence of his key witness, Ted Walsh, is dismissed. Ted's not mentally fit due to his brain tumour. However, the chair of the tribunal asks for comparative stats, and Carr is shattered when he sees that his results are so much worse than the other surgeons in his field. He's convinced to resign. Andrew is vindicated and returns to work, but despite his success he's a pariah. No-one likes a whistleblower.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 12/6/2013)

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