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Man died after falling from hospital bed

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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 for more.

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The original article was produced by  The Courier Mail.

 

To view the rest of this article, visit The Courier Mail Website.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/barry-goodier-36-died-after-falling-from-inadequate-hospital-bed/story-e6freoof-1226541620734

 

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