Dr de Wet allowed to appeal ruling
RESPECTED Sunshine Coast eye surgeon Mark de Wet may soon be allowed to perform his vital work on Gympie Region residents once again, following an apparent backdown by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
Gympie MP David Gibson said he received word late yesterday that Dr de Wet would be allowed to appeal a college ruling that he was not properly qualified, despite having performed 1870 successful and unsupervised eye operations at Caloundra Hospital.
Dr de Wet was lured to Australia by Queensland Health in 2007 after operating two successful South African clinics.
Mr Gibson said he understood the surgeon would appeal and the college had indicated fairly clearly the appeal was likely to succeed.