Man died after falling from hospital bed
The plight of thousands of Queenslanders who suffer
brain injuries without sufficient health care has been highlighted
by the case of a young man who fell from an inadequate hospital bed
to his death.
Barry Allan Goodier, 36, was one of thousands unable to get
appropriate care because of a shortage of carers and a lack of beds
in specialist accommodation, a community group said.
Mr Goodier, from Sheldon in Brisbane's south, was forced to wear
a helmet and was at one time placed on a mattress on the floor at
Princess Alexandra Hospital in an attempt to prevent him from
sustaining a fatal injury.
Princess Alexandra Hospital executive director Dr Jennifer King
acknowledged Mr Goodier had been in hospital for 179 days, saying
"high care placements for young people in a community facility are
very difficult to find".
"This case has been referred to the coroner and Princess
Alexandra Hospital is participating fully in this open and
transparent process," she said.
"We are unable to comment further until this investigation has
been completed (but) hospitals treat all members of the community,
including those people with a disability.
"It is well known that nursing homes are not always appropriate
for the needs of these patients."
The Courier Mail revealed in May that more than 3300 disabled
Queenslanders desperate for help were languishing on a hidden
waiting list and another 2182 - or 218 people a month - received
only a small amount of state-funded support despite being eligible
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