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"Royal Brisbane Hospital Consultants not answerable to anyone but themselves"

About: Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital / Cardiology

(as the patient),

It is my belief that a senior Royal Brisbane Hospital electrocardiologist failed for three (3) years to adequately supervise his junior team to detect a tumour; which was apparently clearly identifiable in my blood work. After removal of the tumour I attended my appointment (booked for three or four days after tumour surgery). At the appointment I said I wished to speak with the electrocardiologist to get an explanation of why and how the tumour went undetected for such a period of time. I heard the nurse tell the consultant and heard what sounded to me like his very disgruntled complaining and saying 'no'. He refused to explain to me why the incompetence of his 'team' and sent a registrar out to see me in the waiting room. This junior doctor told me that he could answer my questions; but I pointed out that he was the last person to assure me I did not have a tumour and he too had supposedly read the blood work. I stayed in that waiting room for several hours; until close. I was sent a variety of administration staff and nursing staff to tell me I needed to see the registrar even after I clearly explained I wanted the consultant to tell me why his team had apparently failed. I was in pain and supposed to be in bed as I was still recovering from the removal of the tumour. Finally a clerk turned up in the waiting room with a form and told me that if I wanted to see the consultant I could do so privately in the private clinic. I was not seen by any doctor; and just left in the waiting room. Later I tried contact with the patient advocating but found this even more patronising. I would very much like this hospital to be answerable for this; I am sure there is an independent body that can investigate. Sorry is not good enough. The consultant seemed furious; and glared at me every time he came out.

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