Australian news outlets have been filled with stories of medical malpractice over the last few months. The main reason for this is that these cases involved perinatal deaths.
So what has the government done in response and what can you do if you are involved and suffered injury as a result of medical negligence?
Victoria release report on perinatal deaths
Tragedy struck both Victoria and New South Wales in previous months, as both suffered perinatal deaths. In response, both governments have released reports based on investigations into the deaths.
Following a high number of deaths at the Djerriwarrh Health Services, the government has reviewed the centre as well as the state’s wider healthcare network to ensure standards are met. The review has made a number of recommendations, including the addition of a number of new organisations, including:
New South Wales’ report into child deaths
Meanwhile, in New South Wales the situation is not much better. Following the deaths of two children after a medical gas incident, the New South Wales government has released a report.
The report listed incorrect installation of medical gas pipes in one of the hospital’s theatres and flawed testing of pipes as the primary reasons for the two babies being resuscitated with nitrous oxide instead of oxygen. The report went on to point out that the installation process did not meet Australian Standard 2896-2011, which sets out certification for medical gas installation.
The NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said changes have to be made to ensure that this does not happen again.
“This was a catastrophic error and on behalf of NSW Health, I apologise unreservedly to both families,” Dr Chant said.
“Since the mistaken gas configuration was uncovered at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, medical gas outlets in all NSW health facilities have been tested to confirm the gas type, with no further issues of incorrect piping of gases being identified.”
Medical malpractice and medical negligence can be catastrophic to the health and safety of patients. From health problems to ongoing medical costs, the stress can be overwhelming.
If you have been injured or suffered an illness as result of a medical professional’s error, make sure you talk with expert medical negligence lawyers today.