Twenty-eight more cases have been reported in which NSW patients have been given wrong doses of chemotherapy by a specialist.
Dr. John Grygiel has allegedly prescribed the wrong chemotherapy dose, a report revealed some time back. Evidently, the senior oncologist asked patients to use 130 doses for head and neck cancer. Since the doctor prescribed such dose for the illness, 37 patients have been reported dead. The death reports have been obtained from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
The revelation regarding the doctor’s chemo doses has come following six weeks of the publication of the above report about the Sydney hospital. The recent NSW Health report into the Sydney-based doctor’s work at Orange and Bathurst hospitals stated that the practice by the senior doctor on individual patients can have severe outcomes that “cannot be determined.”
The inquiry was conducted by chief cancer officer David Currow, and he could only take into consideration 300 patient histories from January 2006 to February 2016. Grygiel has been practicing as a “fly-in-fly-out” (FIFO) clinician in NSW between 1989 and 2012. Currow claimed that the number of cases is expected to rise in the near future based on the case studies examined.
One of the victims of the oncologist was the Taylor family that lost Rick Taylor in April. The family still wondered if the husband and father of the family had been alive if he wouldn’t have been Grygiel’s patient. Anne Taylor, the cancer patient’s wife, said that he tried hard to beat the disease until he relapsed.
“I wish we’d been told that it was a lower dose so that we could have said, no, we want the full dose,” she told ABC’s 7.30 program. “Because he wanted to fight.”
Meanwhile, Health Minister Jillian Skinner stated on Tuesday that it was difficult to trace all case histories as the doctor practiced as a private medical expert. “He wasn’t on the (NSW Health) staff and his prescriptions went to local pharmacies,” she told AAP reporters.