This Palliative Care Week I call on the Queensland Health Minister, Hon Cameron Dick to resign.

The Health Minister, the Hon Cameron Dick ignores complaints about poor Palliative Care in Queensland.

  • patients can be neglected
  • the right to give informed consent can be overlooked
  • patients do not all receive good pain management
  • some patients are referred too early for palliative care, before it’s needed or wanted
  • some patients are not treated with respect
  • patients told they are a burden
  • patients told it is too expensive to treat them
  • families and carers not listened too
  • patients can be denied a voice in their care
  • patients pressured to make decisions while over sedated
  • palliative care staff “deem” what is appropriate instead of giving choices to patients
  • hospitals and senior palliative care doctors can be arrogant and uncaring

 

The Health Minister denies responsibility saying that public hospitals are ” statutory bodies that are independent and locally controlled.  This is not good enough , he knows he is ultimately responsible.

There exists no independent advocate for palliative care patients and no effective health complaints system for palliative care patients ( they are dead before they get any sort of response from the Health Ombudsman ).   

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https://australianpalliativecare.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/discount-disposals-a-carers-perception-of-palliative-care-at-an-australian-public-health-service/

https://australianpalliativecare.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/scarred-by-palliative-care/

https://australianpalliativecare.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/health-minister-cameron-dick-fails-to-respond-to-an-open-letter-on-the-grounds-that-public-hospitals-are-statutory-bodies-that-are-independent-and-locally-controlled/

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