The coronial inquest holds its final day tomorrow in Katherine.
He says not enough has been done to prevent another death. He also said certain patients shouldn't have to get approval for an escort; "Sometimes they should just be allowed", he said. coolmu
Nothing's happened here. Zoie Jones reports.
She gave evidence via video link from Western Australia and told the inquest "obviously in retrospect the old man should've travelled with an escort, but I didn't know enough information to make that decision". The nurse on duty the night Mr Limbunya first became sick, Brian McNamara, told the inquest via video link up from Launceston that he assumed Coolum escorts Escorts nice borough of queens would be granted an escort, and that a family member was standing by to get on the plane.
Forty years later the respected elder was recovering from pneumonia, with poor eyesight, difficulty walking and the early stages of dementia when he was dropped of at the Kalkaringi airstrip near Wave Hill, after being treated at the Katherine Hospital.
He's now campaigning as an independent in the Cooljm Election. Mr Roy also told the court that he didn't check the clinic's fax machine on the day Katherine hospital says a fax was sent alerting the clinic of Mr Limbunya's return home. But the nurse says when he asked the DMO for approval, saying the patient was old and frail, he was told no.
But first the outlying clinic needs to ring the District Medical Officer on duty in Darwin to get approval. Family members of the dead man say that the practice of allowing sick elderly people from remote communities to travel unescorted has been widespread in the Territory.
At the coronial hearing today, Kalkaringi health worker Escort service in burail sweeden Roy told the coroner planes at the airstrip can be heard from the clinic, but on the day last August when Mr Limbunya was dropped off no-one noticed the plane's engines. When asked by the lawyer representing the Katherine West Health Board why he didn't challenge the DMO's decision, Mr McNamara said other than being tired from an 18 hour shift, his main concern was getting the elderly man onto the plane and into hospital and that he'd seen many, coolum escorts patients go to hospital without an escort.
Speaking outside the inquest, Mr Limbunya's niece Josie Crawshaw-Guy says she knows of a similar case where an old, frail woman with failing eyesight from the community of Boroloola in the Territory's east has been sent to Katherine unaccompanied for medical treatment.
She also agreed that the age of 78 was unusually old for a man living in a colum Aboriginal community and that obviously anyone who reaches that age would probably have some quite serious health problems. The frail, old man's body was found near the airstrip a week after the plane left him escoets. The guidelines for transporting remote patients to Darwin or Katherine stipulate that anyone who is frail, aged or chronically ill needs to coolum escorts escorted on medical evacuation flights.