SYDNEY — Dr Frank SIMONSON, found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. In layman’s terms a dodgy doctor.
This is the Merimbula, southern New South Wales, doctor who has a track record of malpractice. He’s a mate of criminal Butcher of Bega Graeme REEVES. They conducted operations together. Yes, when Butcher Reeves was barred from practising obstetrics. Didn’t stop either of them engaging in medical fraud.
This is the doctor who let baby Elijah Slavkovic die in 2009 – a 3 month old baby who presented to Pambula Hospital, when SIMONSON couldn’t be bothered treating and caring for baby Elijah and fobbed him, with Elijah’s parents, off to Bega Hospital and a hospital runaround beyond belief.
If the HCCC had done its job in 2009, other patients may not have suffered the same fate and lived. Dr Simonson’s methods haven’t changed since the Medical Tribunal inquired into his “ways” back in September 2006. But his history went back before that.
He should be barred from practising medicine. The public needs protecting. Country people have been lumbered with him for more than a decade and nothing’s changed.
ONTARIO, CANADA — 3 June 2017
A former nurse has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of eight nursing home residents in one of the worst serial-killer cases in Canadian history.
Elizabeth WETTLAUFER also pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
The 49-year-old, who appeared in a Woodstock, Ontario, courtroom, admitted to killing eight seniors and hurting six others.
Wettlaufer acknowledged under questioning from the judge that she injected all 14 with insulin for no medical reason.
All the incidents allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2014 in three Ontario long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked as a registered nurse.
State Coroner of New South Wales his Hon Michael Barnes, handed down his Finding into the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege in Martin Place, Sydney.
Summing up medical advice: Psychiatrist’s role was suboptimal.
MEAG COMMENT: Police didn’t shoot the terrorist because the consultant doctor said he wasn’t dangerous. Another warped medical opinion believed. The psychiatrist provided erroneous advice which didn’t help the process.
AUSTRALIA — -Another day, another medical botch-up.
More than 200 women will give evidence to a Senate Inquiry into the “adverse effects” experienced following the insertion of transvaginal mesh implants. Senator Derryn Hinch spearheaded the inquiry, describing the medical intervention as one of the worst mass cases of medical negligence since doctors widely prescribed thalidomide to cure morning sickness. Those adverse events include chronic pain, erosion of the implant, disability, loss of sexual function, constant bleeding and ongoing incontinence.
Transvaginal mesh implants were approved for use in 2005 by the Therapeutic Drugs Administration (TGA), but no clinical trials had been performed. Horrifyingly, the procedure is irreversible.
You might be wondering how thousands of women can have been told that transvaginal mesh implants (branded by Johnson & Johnson) [Remember them? Think DePuy toxic hip implants] could “fix” pelvic organ prolapse when there was barely any evidence to support the long (or even short) term efficacy. But this disgraceful, widespread medical malpractice is just one extreme example of the general dismissiveness shown towards women’s health and particularly the health of postpartum women.
Another medical botch-up by Johnson & Johnson. Another botch-up by “our TGA”. The malfeasance of Australia’s federal health department TGA never stops. Are Australian women medical guinea pigs, or what?
LADIES! A reminder to lodge your submission to the Australian Senate BEFORE 31 May 2017.
SYDNEY — Lismore hospital death: Daughter claims nurses lied to her about how her mentally ill mother died
The daughter of a woman who died after she was left to wander the halls of a New South Wales hospital while naked and covered in faeces says nurses there lied to her about what happened.
Miriam Merten died in 2014 from a brain injury after she fell over more than 20 times at the Mental Health Unit of Lismore Base Hospital, on the state’s north coast.
A coronial inquest heard she was locked in a seclusion room for hours, and when the two nurses supervising her unlocked the door they allowed her to wander around naked, covered in faeces. She continued to fall over outside the seclusion room.
Coroner Jeff Linden found she died from “traumatic brain injury caused by numerous falls and the self-beating of her head on various surfaces, the latter not done with the intention of taking her life”.
“The sight of the deceased wandering the corridor naked and covered in excrement while the senior nurse is seen to mop the floor, apparently oblivious to her is horrific,” he said.
The state’s chief psychiatrist Murray Wright said he was equally shocked.
“I can’t speak for what was happening in the minds of those nurses but I think it’s an absolutely appalling incident,” he said.
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MEAG COMMENT: Another day, another patient, another disaster. The trouble is this is not a one-off.
SYDNEY — Doctor Brian CRICKETT, 63, was found guilty of murder today and jailed for 27 years, with a non-parole period of 20 years.
The “patient”, Crickett’s wife, wasn’t even a diabetic, nor his patient, rather a trusting wife, but her murdering husband injected with her with a lethal dose of fast-acting insulin for one sole purpose – to kill her. He must have been reading the dead mass-murderer’s Dr Harold Shipman’s guidebook.
He did it on a Thursday night – New Year’s eve 2009 – and went out to stay with his lover leaving his wife to die. By the time he returned and reported “finding her dead”, he knew there would be no autopsy over the weekend and by the Monday the insulin would have disappeared from her system.
What do patients, police, and soldiers have in common?
They are treated like dirt when things go wrong by their treatment and service. The latter are serving their country in the line of fire.
There is an alarming pattern that this is how Australia treats its citizens when they’re down. Kick them further until they break. Inconvenient survivors.
Everyday we hear how patients suffer when their treatment goes wrong, but our police and soldiers are too being treated in the same manner from just doing their job.
What is it with this country that such are greeted with “silence”?
Who is running this country? Governments or insurance companies? You tell us.
MELBOURNE — Two nurses who dragged an elderly woman’s cold, lifeless body from a nursing home fountain in a bid to cover up her drowning death have been given a slap on the wrist. Unbelievable!
The nurses, Lea SANCHEZ and Catherine CONDON, will be back at work after the pair were found to have covered-up the woman’s death from her family, police, doctors and other staff.
The nursing home is ARCARE HAMPSTEAD Aged Care Facility in Maidstone, V8km west of Melbourne’s CBD.
The conduct of the nurses is not professional misconduct — it is criminal. Interfering with a corpse is criminal behaviour.
This matter being heard at VCAT, instead of a criminal court, is what is wrong with our health and medical regulatory system.
ENGLAND — Criminal surgeon Dr Ian PATERSON, 59, who carried out unnecessary operations on his patients was facing life behind bars last night.
But jurors, who deliberated for 7 days before reaching their verdicts yesterday, were not told that a further 26 NHS victims have already received compensation of more than £9million.
Shockingly, both NHS chiefs and private health providers were warned by worried staff over a number of years about Dr Paterson’s behaviour.
But instead of investigating, health chiefs desperate for “good news above true news” attempted what could turn out to be one of Britain’s biggest medical cover-ups.
MEAG COMMENT: Sound familiar? Could this happen in Australia? YES, and it has and it too was covered-up.
N.B. The tainted blood scandal is THE biggest medical cover-up in both the UK and Australia.
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