Wrong side of cancer patient’s bowel removed


The New South Wales government has promised to make sure there is no repeat of the “horrible mistake” that saw the wrong side of a patient’s bowel at the troubled public-private 488-bed Northern Beaches Hospital on Sydney’s north shore.

The patient has undergone further surgery, the third operation in as many days.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard MP said the private hospital had advised NSW Health of the “serious event”. Err, what about the other “serious events” reported to your office, minister?

Allegedly, the outsourced pathology results has in some way contributed to the mistake.

Minister Hazzard has asked the hospital to provide all possible support for the patient and family. Would that be in making a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission?

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