Queensland Health is currently investigating allegations of improper sedation of patients at Bundaberg Hospital, while a coroner investigates the death of a child just hours after leaving another hospital.
A Queensland Health spokesperson has confirmed that a “thorough investigation” into the death of six-year-old Hiyaan Kapil is underway, with a coroner investigating what went wrong.
Hiyaan felt unwell and had stomach pains for several days when his family took him to the emergency room at Logan Hospital.
Two hours after he was discharged, the boy slumped to the ground.
Metro South Health’s acting chief operating officer, Noelle Cridland, said Logan Hospital would assist with coronal investigations.
“Hiyan’s death will be the subject of a thorough review,” she said.
“Our hearts go out to Hiyaan Kapil’s family for their tragic loss and we extend our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends.”
Opposition leader David Crisafulli expressed his condolences in parliament.
“On behalf of the opposition and this parliament, we apologize to the Kapil family for their loss,” he said.
“No parent should have to go through that.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates made fresh allegations against another hospital, alleging patients had been improperly sedated by staff at Bundaberg Hospital, causing adverse health effects.
“Clinical staff at Bundaberg Hospital may have administered sedative medications to patients for an extended period of time,” she said.
“The allegations mention specific incidents that caused serious harm to the patient.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she is aware of such an incident, adding that a broader investigation is underway.
“The proper practice had not been undertaken,” she said.
“The nurse involved can no longer administer medication.
“The internal review reported no harm to the patient related to this incident.”
Liberal National Party MP Deb Frecklington called for the release of Queensland health data.
“What’s stopping the government from releasing hospital and health data for 2022?” she said.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the data would be released earlier than expected.
“I’ve heard it’s coming out in May, as the minister said,” she said.
“I was further informed that the third quarter last year was released in June.”