The group attended a one day seminar in London by multinational Ernst & Young, which was subsequently awarded two contracts by Health Minister Lara Giddings worth $1,388,750.

These contracts - to undertake a core business review for a new public hospital - were exempted by Treasury from a tender process.

Mr Roberts had worked with Ernst & Young previously - the company had a contract with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire National Health Trust in the United Kingdom, when he was Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Roberts was CEO for most of a five year dispute with suspended heart surgeon Raj Mattu, which cost British taxpayers 5 million pounds. The surgeon was reinstated. Mr Roberts later moved to   Tasmania.

This information is included in stories written by me in the past three months and posted on http://www.tasmaniantimes.com .

This article was originally written as comment for ABC Local Radio (Tim Cox) but was unused. Comment at this end of this article, HERE.

However, Mr Roberts headed a group of 19 members of his department,  who accompanied him on this trip, for a total cost of $205,710.