ACA focus on hospital allegations

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger with former patients and staff of Bundaberg Hospital speak out.
Member for Burnett Rob Messenger with former patients and staff of Bundaberg Hospital speak out. Scottie Simmonds

REPEATED allegations of the mistreatment of pregnant women at Bundaberg Hospital aired on A Current Affair last night.

Several women whose stories were told in a documentary that inspired the ACA story gathered in Bundaberg yesterday afternoon to watch a preview of the film, which is due to screen next week at the Moncrieff Theatre.

In the film, the women – whose stories have been told by the NewsMail over the past few years – air their claims of how they were badly treated by doctors at the hospital, given the wrong medication and had their treatments bungled.

One of the former patients, Emma Miners, who eventually miscarried the son she was carrying, said after watching herself tell her story on the documentary, Suffering in Silence, it made her feel stronger.

“It’s hard to watch myself because I lived through that, I suffered through that,” she said.

Mrs Miners, who has also spoken to the NewsMail previously, said women who felt they had been mistreated at Bundaberg Hospital had since formed a support group with 24 members.

“After this we are going to request action directly from the Premier,” she said.

The documentary also featured whistleblower nurse Christine Cameron, whose allegations against the hospital have previously been dismissed after an investigation by Queensland Health and the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger, who also features in the documentary, called for an investigation into the hospital.

He said patients wanted to know why their records had allegedly been fudged, and he wanted the investigation to look into the credentialing of doctors at the hospital.

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