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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 01:06 pm
A remarkable claim from Kevin Rudd, especially considering he’s never researched the subject:
Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has claimed that Queensland surgeons failed to properly look after his dying father, Albert Rudd, 38 years ago when he was fighting a hospital-acquired infection.
Mr Rudd said he never had time to obtain the coroner’s report.
Rudd was 11 when his father died.
Albert Rudd had been involved in a serious car accident and died from an infection he later contracted through the hospital system.
Mr Rudd said in later years he heard reports that surgeons at the Brisbane Royal Hospital had failed to take proper care of his father. But according to Channel Nine’s Sunday program, which obtained a copy of the coroner’s report, the coroner had cleared doctors of medical malpractice.
The report said Albert Rudd had been drinking before driving, that he kept falling asleep at the wheel, and that when the car hit a power pole, he was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered massive internal injuries.
I have some sympathy with Rudd on this; 37 years ago my own father died in broadly similar circumstances (flying accident followed by infection-related death many weeks later in hospital). But to claim, at this point, that surgeons failed to take proper care … that’s one hell of a call.