A friend who I rides along Beach Rd in Melbourne was discharged at 8.00pm on Friday from the Alfred Hospital in Victoria within 48 hours of sustaining the following injuries from a freak bicycle accident on Thursday: Broken Neck, Broken Jaw, Broken nose, L5 Vertebrae Damage, extensive facial grazing.
To top it all off, Colin had a brain contusion which is essentially bruising of the brain, a more significant injury than concussion. So at the very least, you would think that being monitored for the first 48 hours would be the minimum level of care provided.
After making my way yesterday to the reception desk, I was shocked to learn that he was discharged, upon further questioning I discovered I wasn’t the only person in disbelief, another person had actually gone to the ward to check for himself that Colin (the injured) actually had been discharged.
I sometimes wonder how the Victorian Government can spend $50M plus per year staging events like the Melbourne Grand Prix or the new Olympic Park stadium at a cost of $256 million when that money could/can be spent providing more hospital beds for patients like Colin.
But hey, as long as we have high levels of sporting events and stadiums per capita of the population in Melbourne, do we really need to worry about people like Colin or the 1000′s of other patients waiting for surgery or being discharged prematurely from our hospital system.