Shocking claims by whistleblower
A DRUG-ADDICTED patient was prescribed and allowed to take possession of 900 dexamphetamine tablets (at one time) with a street value of $50,000, according to allegations raised by Sunshine Coast whistleblowers.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has been urged to visit the Sunshine Coast and listen firsthand to the concerns of doctors and nurses that, they said, had been ignored.
Other allegations raised by Sunshine Coast medical professionals that had been sent to the CMC included doctors having sex with patients, mental health patients being punished with electroshock therapy or painful injections of stupefying drugs, serious assaults on nurses, vilification of whistleblowers and extraordinary prescription levels for some controlled drugs.
The allegations related to a number of hospitals and medical practitioners.
Queensland Health whistleblower Jo Barber sent the CMC a data disk yesterday containing 4.8 hours of interviews she conducted at Buderim on the weekend.
She said the allegations were shocking but not surprising given systemic problems she had encountered across the state.
Doctors and nurses feared at least 12 people had died as a result of inappropriate treatment.