Zaffar Iqubal Khan.
Zaffar Iqubal Khan.

Mediation for $20m Dial a Local Doctor dispute

A JUDGE has ordered a Toowoomba couple and a businessman to undergo mediation as part of a $20m dispute involving their joint business Dial a Local Doctor, which also operates in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Mackay and Tweed Heads.

Toowoomba doctor Ellis Gibson and his wife Margaret are taking Zaffar Iqubal Khan to court after their business partnership turned sour.

In 2012 the Gibsons paid Mr Khan $550,000 to have partnership in Toowoomba's Dial a Local Doctor service. They also played a part in expanding the service at Mt Isa and Tweed Heads.

Mr Khan was then part of the service's expansion to other areas of Queensland, NSW and Victoria in the following years, court documents show.

But the Gibsons claim they have not seen any returns on their investment and are out of pocket.

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Court documents showed Mr Khan also approached other doctors and asked for $250,000 in exchange for 25% of the profits from Dial a Local Doctor.

Court documents also showed Mr Khan transferred money from the business's bank account into his own account. It is also alleged he arranged for Medicare payments for doctors to be paid into separate bank accounts and not into the one Dial a Local Doctor account.

The Gibsons have applied to the Supreme Court to order Mr Khan to freeze about $20 million.

The parties will undertake mediation and the matter will be back before Brisbane Supreme Court next month.

- APN NEWSDESK


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