Our maternity troubles

THE maternity ward at the Bundaberg Hospital was embroiled in scandal after a group of young mothers spoke out about their treatment.

Two women who suffered life-threatening ectopic pregnancies but were misdiagnosed when they presented themselves to Bundaberg Hospital's Emergency Department spoke to the NewsMail in April.

In July, more women spoke out about the maternity ward through a documentary, Suffering in Silence, and TV current affairs show A Current Affair. In the film, which featured the Member for Burnett Rob Messenger, the women told of their experiences such as being badly treated by doctors, being given the wrong medication and having their treatment bungled.

The day after the story ran, hospital workers fought back saying the allegations were outdated and had been previously investigated and found to have no basis.

More than 150 health workers gathered outside the hospital to have their voices heard yelling slogans such as "tell the truth Rob Messenger" and "enough is enough".

The stories also prompted the widow of a patient of disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel to come to the defence of the hospital.

The documentary was screened at the Moncrieff Theatre a week later to about 70 people.



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