2 OCTOBER 2009: An independent Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC) investigation into the death of two-year-old Ryan Saunders has been finalised.
The Emerald toddler died at Rockhampton Hospital on 26 September 2007 after a five-day illness which was not diagnosed in life.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Ryan Saunders,” CEO Cheryl Herbert said.
“We hope the information, comments and recommendations made in this report provide them with the answers they have been seeking.
“We also hope the significant recommendations we have made will prevent further patient harm and improve the safety and quality of health services across Queensland.”
The report has been provided to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Paul Lucas and the Office of the State Coroner.
Under its legislation, the HQCC cannot publicly release its investigation report. The report contains personal and confidential medical information, relevant to a matter still before the State Coroner.
The HQCC is an independent body dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health services in Queensland. Established in July 2006, the HQCC has three key functions — managing complaints, monitoring and promoting quality improvement in health services and sharing information.
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