Rockhampton hospital yet to implement all recommendations after baby’s death

Two months after a damning review into the death of a baby and the serious injury of three others at a Central Queensland hospital, less than half of the recommendations have been implemented.

The report found a poor workplace culture, inadequate staffing and improper clinical training led to incidents at the Rockhampton Base Hospital.

The report made 35 recommendations including the need for improved training and management as well as more staff on shift.

Two months after its release, 14 of the recommendations have been implemented, with the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service saying they were on track to implement all recommendations by the end of the year.

Maternity Choices Australia president Leah Hardiman believed women were now receiving better care, despite the rate of progress.

“It matters what has been done, and I think the priorities have been done right,” she said.

“We are definitely hearing that changes are happening.

“I think one of the biggest indicators of that is the return of the midwifery group practise and I have been assured by the hospital and health service that will only be increasing.

“They have assured us that processes have been put in place to make sure communication is better in the future.”