Kingscliff medical centre dispute continues
THE doors of the Kingscliff Family Medical Services clinic remain closed today as the dispute between the business owner and medical staff who were planning to purchase the practice continued to simmer.
Patients have been left on the outer since Monday morning when staff turned up for work only to discover the locks on the doors had been changed as the commercial conflict escalated.
Dr Wes Allen, who along with Dr Jon Stephenson and physiotherapist Adam Lees had entered into a contract with business owner Brian Eddy to buy the practice, said the doors remained locked but he continued to see patients.
“I was seeing patients in the hallway but Advanced Radiology has been kind enough to give me a room right next door so I am able to treat patients there,” he said.
Dr Allen is, along with Dr Stephenson and Mr Lees, a director of Kingscliff Health Pty Ltd which last month entered into a contract to purchase the practice from Mr Eddy.
The status of that contract is now at the centre of the dispute.
Dr Allen and his colleagues believe the sale should have been “signed, sealed and delivered” some weeks ago but Mr Eddy today said the contract had been rescinded.
“There was a contract for the sale of the business but my view was the special conditions weren’t met and the contract was rescinded,” Mr Eddy said.
Mr Eddy said after receiving notice of the decision Dr Allen had taken steps that prompted him to restrict access to the premises.
“As a protest, Dr Allen has overstepped his authority and has removed me as practice administrator from the database,” Mr Eddy said.
“As soon as I am reinstated as practice administrator and have full access to the computer system I will open the doors.”
Mr Eddy said he was conscious of the impact the conflict was having on patients.
“It makes me feel awful,” he said.
“I am concerned and intend to rectify it as soon as we have the appropriate access.”
Dr Allen said the matter was now in the hands of solicitors.
“It may have to be resolved in court,” he said.
“Our solicitor is very confident that the contract will hold up. We’re expecting some resolution about the matter sooner rather than later.”