Julian Klass with his parents Lester and Marie. Ipswich Hospital and the medical and nursing boards have investigated the case.
Julian Klass with his parents Lester and Marie. Ipswich Hospital and the medical and nursing boards have investigated the case. Contributed

Doctors and nurses cleared over death of Julian Klass

A TEAM of two doctors and three nurses referred to the medical and nursing boards over the death of a disabled man at Ipswich Hospital in 2012 appear to have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Bundamba man Julian Klass died on September 21, 2011 from aspiration pneumonia caused by high doses of morphine and anti-psychotic drug olanzapine.

The Coroner's report questioned the use of olanzapine that caused such a level of sedation, the patient could not swallow. Julian's parents said he was not monitored adequately by the medical staff despite being in a "comatosed" state from the drugs. He had been admitted to the hospital for severe stomach pains.

A search of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority's (AHPRA) registers of practitioners shows the two doctors are registered with no reprimands and no restrictions on their record. Both doctors are no longer practising in Ipswich and have transferred within the south-east.

The three nurses appear to be still registered and also have no reprimands and no restrictions recorded. Two are still working in Ipswich and one appears to have moved interstate.

Cautions are not published on the register.

While there has been no apparent action taken by the regulation boards, Ipswich Hospital offered the family $11,470 settlement to pay for Julian's funeral on condition they signed a confidentiality clause and agreed not to take legal action.

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The family decided not to accept the money when asked to sign the disclaimer.

A Medical and Nursing and Midwifery Boards of Australia spokeswoman said AHPRA had concluded the investigations into these practitioners and the law did not allow AHPRA and the Boards to share information about specific decisions.

She said the Board considered whether the practitioner's conduct or performance was reasonable in the circumstances.

"The role of the Medical Board of Australia and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is to keep the public safe, including by limiting practitioners' registration when this is needed to manage risk to patients," she said.


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