The chemotherapy scandal involving hospitals in Sydney has reached new heights. After the revelation of a shocking report, a cancer patient has reportedly come out in the open, accusing the hospital staffs for keeping her in the dark. She also criticized Health Minister Jillian Skinner’s and called her response “bullshit”.
The patient was being treated by Dr Kiran Phadke, who was suspended over incorrect recommendation of drug doses to his patients, resulting in their deaths. The patient, who’s been suffering from multiple myeloma, said that she was notified on Monday via a vague phone call by a staff member from Sutherland and St George Hospital.
The lady was informed that Ms Skinner would be making an announcement concerning an investigation into alleged treatment errors by the oncologist and haematologist, she told The Sydney Morning Herald. She was told that the investigation was still in process, therefore no information regarding the same will be revealed.
According to a report presented by the New South Wales Health Department, more than 100 head and neck cancer patients were given low doses of chemotherapy drugs by Dr. John Grygiel. The report further claimed that three hematology patients at St George and Sutherland hospitals suffered adverse effects due to wrong chemotherapy treatment.
Following the revelations, Jillian Skinner has been under tremendous pressure. In a recent press conference, she said, “I will never reveal anything to the media until I feel confident there’s has been proper, professional analysis of the potential patients affected and then that those patients are informed.” On the other hand, the patient criticized Skinner, calling her statements “bullshit”.
Reports claim, the State Opposition has called for Skinner’s resignation over the recent controversy. Opposition Leader Luke Foley slammed Skinner for putting the patients’ lives in danger due to wrong treatment. “There’s been a culture of cover up and protection for hospital administrators rather than a fierce desire from the minister to fight for patients’ safety and health,” he told News.com.au.