Medical documents found dumped – again

SYDNEY — Another privacy breach.  Clearly the NSW Health Ministry doesn’t know what it is doing, still, after last month’s “effort”.

More than 700 public patients have had their privacy breached after more than 1000 medical letters were found dumped in Sydney bin.

Sub-contracting out the disposal of patient records is unacceptable.  Does the NSW Health Department use the same method of disposing of their own in-house documents?

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http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/patient-privacy-breached-as-over-1400-medical-letters-found-dumped-in-sydney-bin-20170420-gvp8be.html

 

NZ hospital errors hit 10,000 patients

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND:  Almost 10,000 patients were harmed by their care in hospitals last year.  The NZ Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has paid out close to $NZD675 million in the past decade for patients injured after botched medical treatments, misdiagnosis, post-surgery infections and reactions to medications.

 

Easter Prayers and Blessings

Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ and held in the Western Church

For Christians, Easter Sunday celebrates one of the greatest days in history – when Jesus, the Son of God, defeated death and rose from the grave.

Today we commemorate Good Friday, let us all remember its meaning.

The blessings of Easter from…

The June Long Foundation for Patient Safety and the MEAG Team.

Elderly discarded after medical blunders

Elderly Australians feel powerless after medical mistakes.

The medical system, the legal system, oh how it fails seniors after their operations and lives ruined.

They are the most vulnerable to medical mistakes.  Why is that?  Used for experiments?  Unnecessary operations?  Surgery fraud?

The legal protections in place for the rest of society don’t apply once somebody is deemed “too old”, i.e. they ceased being a taxpayer.

In other words our country doesn’t give a damn for the people who made Australia great.  These are the people who endured a Depression, WWII, and worked hard following the war to make this country what it is today.  They deserve our gratitude and respect, always.

Read more of the plight of just some of the elderly who contacted Medical Error Action Group for help in Channel 9’s A Current Affair story “Forgotten Seniors”:

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/04/07/19/10/elderly-australians-feel-powerless-against-medical-mistakes#CPzbLcyfFbDolT9k.99

A CURRENT AFFAIR 7:05pm April 7, 2017

Big Pharma fraudsters forced to cough up $6m

Pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, makers of “Nurofen”, fined $AUD6 million for selling the same pill as 4 different things. Sounds like the laundry powder con.

These Big Pharma fraudster drug companies must think the public is stupid.  One only has to check the chemical ingredients on the packet to see they’re the same thing.  Back pain, period pain, knee pain, head pain, and the list goes on for specific Nurofens which was one and same identical pill in slightly different packaging.  What a pain.

“Nufofen did not intend to mislead consumers”, says Reckitt Benckiser, what a lot of rot.  Yes it did, while raking in the millions ripping people off.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-05/nurofen-manufacturer-hit-with-$6-million-fine-high-court-appeal/8418264

http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/other-industries/nurofen-slapped-with-costs-on-top-of-an-increased-fine-for-misleading-claims-about-its-products/news-story/a88f20c170f2485db7e1afde085691bc

 

 

 

 

Disgraced doctor’s sentence unjustly cut

SYDNEY:  A former senior male oncologist, John Henry KEARSLEY, who drugged and indecently assaulted a junior female registrar has had his minimum jail term slashed by nearly two-thirds on appeal after a court took into account his “extraordinary” contribution to the medical profession and good standing in the community.

KEARSLEY, 65, will be eligible for parole in May 2017 — 18 months sooner than mandated under his original sentence.

A reason given for the sentence reduction was his outstanding medical career. Good grief!

According to the agreed facts, the then-director of radiation oncology at Sydney’s St. George Hospital invited his young colleague to his house in November 2013 and proceeded to spike her drink with lorazepam.

When she complained of dizziness, he suggested she lie on his couch for a “relaxation exercise”.  She later awoke on a bed in a guest room to find him massaging her back and kissing her breast.

KEARSLEY pleaded guilty to using an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence, and assault with an act of indecency, and was sentenced in August 2016 to a minimum of two years and three months in jail, with a maximum of four years and three months.

During sentencing, the court was read an impact statement from the victim detailing how the incident had left her with post-traumatic stress and unable to trust her colleagues.

“My world is broken and it will never be the same,” she wrote.

The 3 judges placed emphasis on Mr KEARSLEY’s “powerful subjective circumstances” leading up to the crime, which included “extreme stress”, a deteriorating relationship with his wife and heavy drinking.

Justice Robert Macfarlan stressed that it was relevant to consider Mr KEARSLEY had “lost his profession, his position of good standing in the community, and has been the subject of adverse media publicity”.  He noted that Mr KEARSLEY “had rendered extraordinary service to the medical profession, and, through it, to the community at large”.

The court also heard Mr KEARSLEY was not coping well in jail given that he was an “older person of a professional background” and his mental health was deteriorating rapidly.  So he should be spared from being unable to cope?

The judges were split as to whether criminal Mr KEARSLEY should receive jail time at all.  Unbelievable!

Justice Ian Harrison argued Mr KEARSLEY’s sentence should be suspended because it would be “starkly disproportionate to the criminality of the offences in question”, especially when taking into account Mr KEARSLEY’s “entirely blemish-free record and impressive life of community service”.

But his two fellows held that a custodial sentence, although reduced, was appropriate given the nature of the offending.

KEARSLEY’s medical registration has been suspended.  Is that the big punishment?  Not in the public’s view.

MEAG COMMENT: Unbelievable. …’good standing in the community’! ‘impressive life of community service’, so what?  The abuse of trust of his position should have resulted in harsher penalty, both as punishment of the perpetrator and a deterrent to others.  What about the registrar, Your Honour?  

Fake doctor worked in NSW hospitals

Man who allegedly pretended to be doctor worked in NSW hospitals for over a decade

By David Marchese

ABC News Australia

Wed 8 Mar 2017, 7:45am

A man is facing a $30,000 fine after allegedly masquerading as a doctor at New South Wales hospitals for more than a decade.

Key points:

  • Shyam Acharya is accused of stealing an Indian doctor’s identity before posing as a doctor in Australia
  • Mr Acharya worked in NSW from 2003 with only one complaint ever registered
  • NSW Health has defended the department’s recruitment practices

Shyam Acharya is accused of stealing a doctor’s name and medical qualifications while in India before moving to Australia and becoming a citizen.

To find work in Australia, he allegedly used fraudulent documents to gain registration with the Medical Council of New South Wales in 2003.

Mr Acharya worked at MANLY, HORNSBY, WYONG and GOSFORD hospitals under the name Sarang CHITALE up until 2014.

As a junior doctor, he was under the supervision of other clinicians and NSW Health ,said one clinical incident involving a team Mr Acharya worked in was reported.

 

Medical Council did not receive complaints

Medical Error Action Group founder Lorraine Long said it was unclear what work Mr Acharya had been carrying out.

“If he’s working in a hospital, what was he actually doing in the hospital?” she said.

“I mean he had to have been conducting medical procedures of some sort.

“You couldn’t work in a hospital for that long and … not do any procedure.    I find that hard to believe.”

However, NSW Health’s deputy secretary Karen Crawshaw said no complaints were received by the Medical Council of NSW or the Health Care Complaints Commission.

This is the NSW Ministry of Health’s excuse!  No complaints!

READ FULL STORY

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-07/doctors-identity-allegedly-stolen-and-used-in-nsw-hospitals/8332812

Doctor accused of 130 sex charges

NEWCASTLE, New South Wales

A doctor accused of more than 100 sex offences against 81 people, most of whom were patients, over a 27-year period, will go on trial that is expected to last six months.

Immunologist Dr Jeremy Michael Stafford COLEMAN, has been ordered to stand trial in May 2017 of 130 charges of indecent and sexual assaults at his Newcastle practice.

READ MORE:

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4345159/doctors-130-sex-charges/