Another lab stuff-up

SYDNEY>> Another laboratory stuff-up.  This time Children’s Hospital, Westmead, cytogenetic laboratory.  Apologies and being transparent goes without stating such.  Due diligence is what is required so the apologies aren’t required.

Not being able to contact one of the patients?  Extraordinary.  Patient contact details are gathered at time of testing and cross-checked.  Go and knock on their door, NSW Health!

How does NSW Health Dept know this is an ‘isolated case’?  Don’t believe this.

This lab received accreditation from NSW Health.  So what?  Look at nursing homes with accreditation.  MONITORING, constant monitoring, is what is needed.  As for discovering these errors, how many more occurred?  The pathologist who stuffed-up needs his/her work to be audited back to the beginning.

2017.12.20 NSW Health Media Release – Cytogenetic lab processing error identified by NSW Health



Gosford Hospital stuffs up again


A woman who was suffering a type of stroke was sent home from GOSFORD HOSPITAL, on the Central Coast, twice in 2 days after doctors diagnosed her with gastro.  Yep, this is Gosford Hospital, errors just keep on keeping on.

Ms Carla Roberts, mother of two, called an ambulance when vomiting and debilitating headache became too much.  After being put on an IV drip at Gosford Hospital for fluids, the woman was sent home the next morning.

That night she said the migraine turned so badly she thought was going to die.

She called another ambulance but was AGAIN sent home from the same hospital, despite still being very ill.

After being gravely ill for a week, Ms Roberts was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) where tests revealed she was suffering from reversible cerebral vasoconstriction.

Shape up Gosford!  For patients’ sakes.

Monash bungles toddler’s care

MELBOURNE >> Better care at Monash Melbourne Centre, Clayton, could have saved 2-year-old Lachlan Black’s life, a Victoria Coroner said today.

This case demonstrates that health departments across Australia do not share medical treatment death information.  The parallels with baby Elijah Slavkovic’s maltreatment and death in 2009 are glaring and sickening to see another youngster’s unnecessary death.


Beware giving doctors a licence to kill

Former Prime Minister The Hon Paul Keating is profoundly right on euthanasia (“Don’t do it”, 19 October 2017).

There is no point in introducing laws to legalise being “put to sleep”.  It’s already happening in our hospitals, palliative care institutions, and nursing homes, without any laws.

Euthanasia is legalizing murder.  Autopsy would be mandatory legislative requirement if this bill passes.

How and why is it that the elderly are classed as a “nuisance” when they become frail?  Has a generation of people been raised to not care for their loved one’s final years?  Looking after our families is part of our life cycle and common decency.

Who does the “selling” to convince the doctor that their loved one’s time is up?  Their family? Someone eyeing the patient’s assets?

Watch out, you could be next.

Relying on medical opinions for who’s not going to outlive 12 months is fraught with dangerous precedents.  Everyday medical opinions for hire are before our courts and they are just opinions, not science.

Science and opinion are two different things; science is the father of knowledge but opinion breeds ignorance.

BEWARE.  It will not be safe to give doctors a licence to kill until it can be guaranteed that medical practitioners will never make mistakes.

It is disconcerting to see the effort politicians are putting in to legalise ending people’s lives but couldn’t care less about thousands of patients being killed by their medical treatment each day.

Lorraine Long

Medical Error Action Group

UK victims of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson granted £37m compensation


LONDON — More on criminal doctor Ian PATERSON.

Graeme REEVES “Butcher of Bega and Baulkham Hills” type crimes are not exclusive to Australia’s backyard.  They are world-wide.  The NHS, shire health areas, Medical Council were all warned about his misconduct, to put it mildly, and, like the other infamous UK criminal doctor Harold SHIPMAN, THEY IGNORED IT.

Now record compensation will be paid to PATERSON’s victims for his crimes.

What a glaring inconsistency it shows up in Australia when it comes to compensation.  Think disgraceful “Butcher of Bega and Baulkham Hills”.

What does this say for the failure in medical regulation anywhere?  Not much.



German nurse murdered 90 patients

Bremen, Germany —

A male nurse jailed for life 2 years ago for killing 2 patients murdered at least 90 patients, and possibly twice as many, police said yesterday.

Nurse Niels HOEGEL, 40, was jailed in February 2015 for 2 murders and 4 counts of attempted murder or causing bodily harm on ICU patients at the DELMENHORST Hospital near the northern city of Bremen.

Police said on Monday that forensic experts had exhumed and analysed more than 130 additional bodies  and had found evidence of a vastly higher death toll at 2 hospitals where HOEGEL worked from 1999 to 2005.

The death toll is unique in the history of the German Republic said the chief police investigator adding that HOEGEL killed “without a discernible pattern” and preyed on those especially in critical condition.

HOEGEL has admitted to injecting patients with drugs that can cause heart failure or circulatory collapse so he could then try to revive them and, when successful, shine as a saviour before his peers.

MEAG COMMENT:  Could this happen in Australia?  Yes.  Has it happened in Australia?  Yes.



Man sues for chopped off leg

Tasmanian man sues doctor, hospital for ‘medical negligence’ after leg amputation


A Tasmanian man is alleging he needed to have his leg amputated after a botched knee operation and is suing a medical specialist and his regional hospital.

Wayne Ball has launched a claim for unspecified damages for medical negligence against orthopaedic surgeon Dr Richard HOCKING and the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie following a left knee replacement in 2014.

The 61-year-old from Ulverstone alleges in a writ filed in the Burnie Supreme Court yesterday that the operation was unsuccessful because Dr Hocking, who was employed as a locum, did not have the necessary skill and care to perform the procedure.

After the operation, Mr Ball claims his leg became infected and there was instability and other complications with his knee that were not adequately treated.  He says two years later he was forced to have his leg amputated.

Mr Ball alleges he was not told about Dr Hocking’s professional history, which includes being suspended by the Medical Board of Australia, a decision that was later overturned.

Dr Hocking is now working for Bundaberg Hospital in Queensland and has no current medical restrictions limiting his practice.

MEAG COMMENT:  That says it all!  Queenslanders, beware.




UK PM gives Australian tainted blood victims a lifeline


UK Prime Minister Theresa May has thrown Australian tainted blood victims the ultimate lifeline.

With the Australian government ignoring its tainted blood disaster, never could a truer word be spoken that Australian politicians ARE NOT LISTENING.

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