"Told that consultants do not need to see patients in public hospitals"
About: Royal Perth Hospital Royal Perth Hospital Perth 6000 http://www.rph.wa.gov.au/
Posted by Mack1 (as ),
Recently I received treatment for a broken foot as result of being run over. I did not see the treating consultant during the ward rounds; when I queried if the consultant is going to see me I was told by a senior registrar that consultants do not need to see patients in public hospitals.
For someone who has worked in the health industry for over 40 years, I could not believe that the doctor had said that to me. I was wondering then as to the purpose of having salaried consultants if they do not see patients in public hospitals.
My injuries were sustained as a result of an MVA which therefore classifies me as a private patient (this was explained to the medical team), but I was informed that it did not make any difference as the treatment that I receive in a public hospital would be the same - consultants do not need to see patients in public hospitals.
Oh and by the way it took 14 hours to re-site an IV line - a long time for someone requiring pain killers and anti nausea medications.