This well-researched and racily written account is a cautionary tale about what can happen in the crunch of tight budgets, staff shortages and purblind hospital administrations. The risks of another Patel will increase unless the lessons from this case are well learned. It is an essential and riveting read. — Dr Denis Muller, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Public Policy University of Melbourne and former Associate Editor, The Age, Melbourne.
Drawing on the disciplines of medicine and psychology, this insightful and compelling story examines Patel’s personal narrative as well as the political and professional environment which led to the Bundaberg Hospital becoming an accident waiting to happen. — Associate Professor Kerry Petersen, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
This book should be regularly read by every clinician, hospital executive and above all every health bureaucrat, to remind them of what can occur when standards of quality and safety in patient care are compromised. — Prof Alan Wolff, Director of Medical Services, Wimmera Health Care Group, Horsham, Australia.