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Queensland Health is currently investigating allegations of improper sedation of patients at Bundaberg Hospital, as a coroner investigates the death of a child just hours after leaving a different hospital.
A spokesperson from Queensland Health has confirmed a “thorough investigation” into the death of six-year-old Hiyaan Kapil is underway, with a coroner investigating what went wrong.
Hiyaan was feeling unwell and had been experiencing stomach pain for several days when his family took him to the emergency department of Logan Hospital.
Two hours after he was discharged, the young boy collapsed to the floor.
The acting chief operating officer of Metro South Health, Noelle Cridland, said Logan Hospital would assist with coronial investigations.
“Hiyaan’s death will be the subject of a thorough review,” she said.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Hiyaan Kapil for their tragic loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to his parents, family and friends.”
Opposition leader David Crisafulli expressed his sympathies in parliament.
“On behalf of the opposition and this parliament, we say sorry to the Kapil family for their loss,” he said.
“No parent should go through that.”
Shadow health minister Ros Bates made new allegations against another hospital, claiming patients had been improperly sedated by Bundaberg Hospital staff, leaving them with adverse health impacts.
“Clinical staff at the Bundaberg Hospital may have administered sedative medication to patients over an extended period of time,” she said.
“The allegations state specific incidents which caused severe patient harm.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she is aware of one such incident, adding a wider investigation is taking place.
“Appropriate practice had not been undertaken,” she said.
“The nurse involved is no longer able to administer medications.
“The internal review reported no patient harm in relation to this incident.”
Liberal National Party MP Deb Frecklington called for the release of Queensland Health data.
“What is stopping the government releasing hospital and health data for 2022?” she said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said data would be released earlier than anticipated.
“I’m advised it’s coming out in May, as the minister said,” she said.
“I’m further advised that the third quarter, last year it was released in June.”