4 nurses struck off after patient dies

SYDNEY —

Four mental health nurses have been deregistered after an indigenous patient with a history of self-harm killed himself on their night shift at a large Sydney hospital.

Staff were required to take observations every 30 minutes, but a coroner found the patient could have been dead from between two and eight hours before he was found at 7.30 am on May 27, 2017.

The Health Care Complaints Commission took disciplinary action against the five nurses on duty that night, contending they failed to provide proper observations and make appropriate records for the patient in the acute mental health unit.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Tuesday found four guilty of professional misconduct but dismissed the case against the fifth nurse, Phoebe CHIKUKU.

Emma Kate BROWN was deregistered for two years, Mehul Mukundray DUDHELA and Jill Louise WATKINS for 18 months, and Florence EGBUFOR for 12 months.

Read more of AAP’s Margaret Scheikowski story:

Nurses deregistered after patient death

This is a disgrace.  It’s a task for the Department of Public Prosecutions.  Hospitals need to bring in the Army and instil discipline in nurses who cannot do their basic job properly.  Hospitals need Matron to wield the heavy hand.  Matrons once ruled hospitals, now no one does, except spin doctors.  This is the result.

 

Doctors fed up & quit Singleton Hospital

SINGLETON, NSW —

New South Wales does not need another inquiry into its health system.  Problems are clearly evident without an inquiry and need immediate rectification.  It’s not like this is a new awakening for there are major problems facing people in need of medical care in the regions.  A talkfest is an excuse to do nothing in the interim.  And aren’t politicians good at stalling making decisions?

The Hunter New England Health District is notoriously problem-riddled institutionally ingrained.  Look within who runs HNEH.

Now the situation has arisen of at least four local general practitioners (GPs) have resigned from Singleton Hospital.

Singleton is about 220km north of Sydney in the Hunter region.

This comes at a time when the crisis facing rural and regional health services is the focus of a state parliamentary inquiry established in September 2020 to report on health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote NSW.

Read more of The Singleton Argus story by Louise Nichols:

Rural and regional health crisis comes to Singleton with local GPs resigning from hospital

Not good enough Scott McLachlan, Western NSW Health CEO

DUBBO AND COBAR, WESTERN NSW — These are our hospitals “at work”.  These are how our hospitals “work”.

This is what are supposed to be  H O S P I T A L S .   They can’t even keep a supply of fresh blood.  Clueless.  Stupidity runs the local health districts.  People employed beyond their capability and this is the result.  Are they still being paid to serve this substandard care up?

Western New South Wales Local Health District CEO Scott McLachlan – patients don’t want your apology.  It’s too late.  You do not listen.  People want properly functioning and well equipped hospitals.  Apart from churning out empty promises, what do you actually do, Scott?  Not much judging by yesterday’s evidence at the Rural Health Inquiry.

Read more of the ABC Western Plains report:

Only nine of 38 hospitals i the western region carry blood, NSW inquiry told

Vale HRH Prince Philip 1921-2021

WINDSOR, ENGLAND — On Friday, 9 April 2021, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, passed away aged 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award — empowering, generous, valued and appreciated.  Thanks to the Prince Philip.  RIP.

 

Censorship or political hijacking?

NEW SOUTH WALES — The NSW Parliament Legislative Council (Upper House) is conducting an inquiry into rural health failures and disasters in New South Wales.  It requires a judicial inquiry not a parliamentary one.

It was launched last August 2020.  Submissions deadline 11/12/20 then extended to 15/1/21.

703 submissions numbers have been allocated on the parliamentary website.  How many more submissions were received beyond 703 is unknown.

Before the inquiry hearings started today, the 703 submissions to the inquiry have been censored, redacted senseless, chunks removed, and retyped without consent of authors.

Anything that supposedly offends the committee has been obliterated.  Truth usually does offend because politicians don’t want to face it.

Does this committee of inquiry want to hear what is going on in rural health?

It’s frightened of the truth before it has started.

Jordan hospital runs out of oxygen, patients die

JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST — At least seven people died at a hospital in Jordan on Saturday 13 March 2021 after it ran out of oxygen, according to Jordanian news reports, prompting an outcry in the kingdom, a visit to the hospital by King Abdullah II and the resignations of the country’s health minister and the hospital’s director.

Officials said that all of the victims were being treated for the coronavirus and that they had died after an interruption of oxygen supply that lasted around an hour at a government hospital in Salt, northwest of Amman, the capital.

Many countries across the world, including Mexico, Nigeria and Egypt, have faced oxygen supply shortages that have driven up the virus death toll. In Mexico, prices for oxygen have spiked, sales of oxygen tanks have thrived on the black market, and criminal groups have stolen them from hospitals. In Egypt, a New York Times investigation found that at least three patients had died of oxygen deprivation in a hospital that was running out of it earlier this year.

READ MORE OF ELIAN PELTIER’S STORY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES:

At least 7 Covid-19 patients die in Jordan because of an oxygen shortage, a growing problem around the world.

Aged care: No quality, no safety

CANBERRA — The Final Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety, released Monday 1st March 2021, has confirmed MEAG’s concerns raised in repeated correspondence to the respective federal ministers for some two decades.

MEAG is not shocked by the Royal Commission’s findings.  It is what it has reported and named the atrocious nursing homes.  As for the Aged Care so-called regulator, we could only laugh at their ineptitude.

The federal ministers for aged care ignored MEAG.  This is the proof they did not read a single letter from concerned constituents Australia-wide either.  Each and every minister ignored everything and everyone.  Now they’re supposedly surprised — not shamed — just surprised.  The Royal Commission was an excuse for the federal government to stall even further.  Always “looking into things” but always the other way.

Australia’s maltreatment of its elderly is shameful and a disgrace.

To every politician:  Hang your head in shame.  To the Ministers for Aged Care, you all need to quit.  To you the elderly are a nuisance.  Wait till it’s your mum and dad and see how you fare.  Good luck.

 

Patient deaths & rural health horror: Politicians now ducking for cover

SYDNEY — Now we have Deputy Premier The Hon John Barilaro, state MP for Monaro, for calling for a probe into ‘horrific’ hospital allegations.

They are not “allegations” Mr Barilaro.  They are fact.  Read your correspondence, deputy premier.  It’s called due diligence.  Talk about ducking and weaving.

Mr Barilaro, to illustrate being out of touch, claims they ‘warrant an immediate investigation by the NSW Health Department and not could not wait for an upcoming parliamentary inquiry’.

Excuse me Deputy Premier Barilaro — it’s the NSW Ministry of Health (aka NSW Health Department) which is covering up malpractice, horror patient deaths, adverse medical patient events, bunglings et al.  They know of every incident.  Anything to save their malfeasant Local Health Districts (LHDs) and their own necks.  And you want them to probe?

This is the task for the NSW Police Force.

READ MORE of Carrie Fellner’s story in The Sydney Morning Herald:

Barilaro calls for urgent investigation into ‘horrific’ hospital allegations

Bring in police. Hospital patient deaths covered-up by Ministry

SYDNEY — For 25 years MEAG has reported untold hospital patient deaths were covered up by respective government health departments.

Do these health departments think we’re stupid?  Covering up death is a crime.

“Reporting” deaths to the NSW Ministry of Health is absurd – they bury the reports.  Patients go to their grave unaccounted for.

BRING IN NSW POLICE FORCE.  Deaths are reported to the Coroner.

MEAG knows what is going on and it is ugly, shameful and abhorrent that people in power allow this to happen and continue.

Doctors today have now confirmed MEAG’s claims that hospital patients deaths are deliberately and intentionally covered-up by the NSW Ministry of Health.

The Ministry’s idea of “handling” patient deaths is to have the Clinical Excellence Commission report that a few incidents here and there occurred and everything is rosy.  The Ministry is clueless.  Spin doctors run it.

Time for Health Minister Brad Hazzard to go.  Think cruise liner “Ruby Princess” debacle – cluelessness on full display.  Coronavirus arrived and the minister was scared.

The failings in rural health didn’t just happen last week.  For 10 years this Government has been in power and allowed rural health to rot and patient deaths to be smothered.  As long as it wasn’t happening to their relatives.

Out of touch, out of sight, out of mind, that is how the NSW Ministry of Health operates.

The public already knows they are not up to the task and why MEAG has done their work for them because they are incapable of doing it themselves.

The NSW Ministry of Health is a cabal and woe betide anyone who encounters it.  They’ll keep their jobs and you’ll lose yours if you speak up.  Sounds like we’re in China.

Crime can be covered up for only so long.  The truth always rises to the surface.

READ MORE of Carrie Fellner’s story in today’s The Sydney Morning Herald:

‘Keep the ministry unaware’: doctors allege cover up of hospital patient deaths