Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Distressing news report

A very distressing experience for a NSW man with Down syndrome and his family was reported on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, as an example of the risks of telephone triage of emergency ambulance calls.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to Geoff Chesworth's family - the grief of his untimely death is exacerbated by their experience in trying to get emergency help.

Two letters to the editor commenting on the circumstances were published today.

These two articles by the SMH's Health Editor, Julie Robotham, published in yesterday's and today's editions are about the telephone triage process that might put people with intellectual disabilities at particular risk, and the investigations promised.

No comments: