Joined Dec 29 2013
58 years old
I'm an ex nurse who worked in neurosurg, ICU and ED in large public hospitals in Victoria. After feeling uncomfortable seeing many poorly managed situations, I ended up being pushed into the private system for cancer treatment. I was quickly sent broke, the medical care was disgraceful and the nursing staff were ignorent, incompetant, even referring to themselves as 'idiots'. I investiged the standard model of my particular cancer treatment in the public sector, and found it was dramatically different to the expensive treatment I recieved in the private. I spoke to public oncology nurses who worked in at a managment level. They told me the private system was grossly overpriced, overservicing was common place, sub standard medical practice was endemic and an old fashiond, patriachial, doctor centric culture refused to update skills and practice standards. Private hospitals were totally financially dependent on the money private specialists brought in, and refused to disipline under performing doctors in any way. My complaints to the health bureaucracy were buried. At the same time other friends recieved absolutly dreadful private cancer treatment, leaving them with ill health and with no access to qualified oncology staff. Another friends husband died after 21 days in a nursing home, from an excessive dose of insulin given in suspicious cirstumstances. I have decided to dedicate myself to runing wikihospitals, a website to display 'what should happen' when patients have treatment, common patient errors and how people can lobby for change. My site is being professionally updated in 2014. Contact me if you are interested in the subject of health reform, exposure of both public and private health problems and how IT can improve patient care.