Queensland Ambulance Service has been accused of botching an investigation into a drug-tampering scandal.
Queensland Ambulance Service has been accused of botching an investigation into a drug-tampering scandal. Max Fleet BUN170715AMB8

Woman injected with water at centre of ambulance probe

QUEENSLAND Ambulance Service has been accused of botching an investigation into a drug-tampering scandal

At the centre of the scandal is Barbara Cook, 74, who claims she was injected with water instead of the painkiller fentanyl while being treated for a broken leg in Brisbane in May, 2013.

The ABC reports the QAS ignored evidence from a paramedic turned whistleblower, saying QAS provided incomplete information to the Health Ombudsman.

QAS denied intentionally misled the ombudsman which subsequently dismissed the patient complaint.

Ms Cook told Background Briefing and 7.30 she experienced no relief when apparently receiving the maximum fentanyl dose of 150mg.

Professor Kate Leslie, an anaesthetist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said any patient in Ms Cook's situation should have felt something from that dose of the drug.

 

Read more at ABC.