Ray Prowd
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Ray's probe call

CURRA resident Ray Prowd has been let down before in his quest for the truth about his wife's death in Nambour Hospital seven years ago.

With five different death certificates, each giving a different cause of death and conflicting results from a range of government investigations, Mr Prowd was once again optimistic yesterday.

The bare facts of Mr Prowd's story are that his wife Valerie (known as Suzie) Prowd, went into hospital with a broken leg and died after being repeatedly given a dangerous painkiller drug to which she was apparently allergic.

The drug also was known to suppress breathing and should not have been given to anyone with breathing problems.

Mr Prowd said he had been let down by the Queensland Health Quality Complaints organisation and by subsequent investigations by the CMC and the Ombudsman's office.

All had seemed unable or unwilling to penetrate a discouraging wall of words and obstruction by Health Department officials.

Yesterday he said he was now pinning his hopes for justice on the new government.

Heartened by news of interest in the issue by Independent Nicklin MP Peter Wellington, Mr Prowd said he had sent his paperwork to new LNP Maryborough MP Anne Maddern.

Mrs Maddern had contacted him to say the information was now in the hands of health minister Lawrence Springborg.

"She says Mr Springborg is on to it and the premier is too - and they are not happy about it," Mr Prowd said.

New concerns about Nambour Hospital became public this week with independent claims of corruption, mismanagement and malpractice in the Sunshine Coast health system.

The allegations were raised by health campaigners, former MP Rob Messenger and former Queensland Medical Board chief investigator Jo Barber.

A Coast doctor and four nurses made the claims during nine hours of discussions with the two campaigners.

In a strong echo of Mr Prowd's concerns, the two said the claims included cover-ups within health administration, mistreatment of patients and over-prescribing of addictive medications.

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