A surgeon with a severe drug addiction was allowed to operate on patients. After being banned from a public hospitals he was allowed to continue practising neurosurgery while high on cocaine, in a private hospital nearby.
There is a small but dangerous number of people working in aged and disabilities services, who abuse their elderly and frail residents. This is a painful but important issue to discuss.
A working class woman was bustled out of the public hospital, even though she was confused about the treatment of her stage IV cancer. "We need the bed" the nurse told her as she was shown the door.
Sally Crossing was a tireless advocate for better cancer management, more consumer involvement in treatments and more accountability of the medical profession.
Rethinking Aged Care means listening to what elderly people and their carers actually want. It means solving THEIR problems, not forcing other people solutions on them.
Abuse in nursing homes has raised its ugly head again, with an article in this weekend’s Australian titled ‘Lethal care: Insulin murders’. The article documents serial murder, going on behind closed nursing home doors, by a small number of appallingly dysfunctional staff.
Rob Coppedge, CEO of Echo Health Ventures announced in a post on the 6th September 2017 that ‘Digital health tech is dead’.
The cost of readmissions to hospitals for avoidable issues like non-compliance with medications, is estimated to be millions of dollars every year.