Review underway at hospital after baby girl dies

Laine Clark |

Qld Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said experienced clinicians would review the tragic case.
Qld Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said experienced clinicians would review the tragic case.

A clinical review is underway into the death of a newborn baby at a Queensland hospital after concerns were raised by the parents.

The baby girl died just hours after being born at Redcliffe hospital north of Brisbane in September.

Parents Meg and James Flaskett – aged 21 and 22 – have told media their baby daughter Thea died after staff did not take their concerns seriously.

“I still think if they listened to me (about concerns)…that things could’ve been different,” Ms Flaskett told ABC TV.

The parents have also claimed there were inexperienced staff and malfunctioning equipment at the hospital.

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said she would speak with Ms Flaskett on Tuesday after confirming the review was underway.

“My heart goes out to Meg and James,” she told reporters.

“I think we all appreciate how sad and tragic this case is.”

Ms Fentiman said the review’s findings were due to be handed down on December 21.

“I think it is really important that we let very experienced clinicians review absolutely everything that happened in this very tragic case,” she said.

“No matter what happened this is a tragedy. We will absolutely work through any recommendations from the clinical review.

“If there was anything that could have been done better of course we will take those learnings and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

The Health Minister held crisis talks with emergency department bosses on Friday, following the death of two people in as many days.

Wayne Irving, 67, died following a three-hour wait in an ambulance outside Ipswich hospital, west of Brisbane.

The next day Cath Groom was found dead in her Brisbane home by family on what would have been her 52nd birthday, after paramedics failed to arrive the previous evening.

After Friday’s talks, Ms Fentiman announced an initial $20 million investment for a plan that aimed to hire more triage nurses, improve after hours medical imaging access and appoint a “medical commander” to help manage patient flow at each state hospital.