7 August 2009
The case of a New South Wales teenager who lost a finger after a bungled transfer between hospitals again highlighted the sick state of health that Kevin Rudd has failed to fix.
Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said the case as reported in today’s Sydney Daily Telegraph was extremely concerning.
The teenage girl arrived at Dubbo Base Hospital at 9am after her thumb was torn off at a pony club event.
A decision to fly her to Sydney for surgery then turned into a debacle that saw the girl finally arrive at Royal North Shore Hospital after 7pm – too late for a successful operation.
“While this type of incident is occurring around Australia, Mr Rudd is on a tour to find out what’s wrong with the health system,” Mr Dutton said.
“Having ignored and broken his promise to ‘fix’ hospitals by mid-year, it is nothing more than a sick joke that he now needs to consult with health professionals to find out what needs fixing.”
“All Mr Rudd had to do was pick up the local newspapers while he’s been in North Queensland this week.”
Had he done so, he would have read of another teenager – suffering from swine flu – who had to be airlifted from Townsville to Sydney because there are no specialised life support devices in North Queensland.
He would also have read of the man who had to be flown by two different rescue helicopters from Atherton to Cairns, to Townsville, to Mackay, a journey of some 700 kilometres, at a cost of more than $30,000; because there were no intensive care beds available at the first three hospitals.
“The troubles in health are staring Kevin Rudd – the man who promises to fix hospitals – in the face, yet he conveniently doesn’t see them.”
“When will he meet his commitment to take over a sick hospital system?”
“Kevin, the consultant, is a con.”