Springborg calls on Opposition over baby's death

Lawrence Springborg.
Lawrence Springborg. Rob Williams

HEALTH Minister Lawrence Springborg has called on the Opposition to explain why a baby's death at Ipswich Hospital seven years ago was not investigated.

Ipswich Hospital has admitted a vital review of procedures after the death of Caitlin Porter on May 3, 2007, did not occur.

The hospital has now initiated a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) into the events leading up to the death after the child's mother took her case to the newly created Office of the Health Ombudsman following years of frustrated attempts to find answers.

Mr Springborg questioned why the former Beattie-Bligh government did not ensure the matter was investigated.

"The question is why our predecessors didn't even bother to deal with it some seven years ago," he said. "It is being dealt with through a process of a Root Cause Analysis which should have happened in the first place.

"Why didn't our predecessors ensure appropriate procedures to do the root cause analysis and the other normal processes that should be followed through.

"It has only been since the establishment of the Ombudsman that this family has had the opportunity to have this raised and properly dealt with."

Rachelle Lind with the hand and footprints of her daughter Caitlin who passed away after complications. A coroner's report into the death of the baby raises serious questions on the conduct of the staff at Ipswich Hospital.
Rachelle Lind with the hand and footprints of her daughter Caitlin who passed away after complications. A coroner's report into the death of the baby raises serious questions on the conduct of the staff at Ipswich Hospital. Rob Williams

Mr Springborg said the Caitlin Porter case highlighted the inefficiencies of the previous system.

"With all their central control they weren't even able to do as I understand it, the appropriate investigations.

"The hospital and health service, now that it is locally responsive to issues is actually moving to look at what and if there are any outstanding issues. The Root Cause Analysis is what should have been done routinely."

He said under the Ombudsman in Queenland it was a statutory requirement for complaints to be resolved within 12 months.

Opposition Health spokeswoman Jo-Ann Miller could not be contacted yesterday.

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