Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has given department heads 24 hours to explain a video which shows a man with known mental health issues appearing to be frogmarched out of one of Brisbane’s biggest hospitals.
Footage of the man, taken by a woman waiting in the emergency department, shows him being physically removed from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in just a hospital-issued gown.
A security guard marches the man out to the street in the video, and can be heard telling him, “you’re being discharged. come on, get up, your going” as he is walked through the doors down an outdoor walkway to the roadside on Monday afternoon.
Mr Miles said he had seen the footage and it was “cause for concern”, however he did want to jump to conclusions based on the 23 second video and had asked for a report to be on his desk by tomorrow.
He said he empathised with all hospital staff who deal with an array of complex cases daily.
“Mental health presentations can be incredibly complex and so until we know more I don’t want to say too much about it,” Mr Miles told reporters.
“I did last night, after I was advised of that situation, ask the mental health commissioner and the director general of the department of health to urgently look into the circumstances and provide urgent advice back to me if they believe it was appropriately handled. I gave them 24 hours to do that work.
“The footage is concerning but our hospitals have to deal with an incredible array of different circumstances.”
The man, known to health authorities with a documented history of mental illness, was brought to hospital in a dire state on Sunday, according to The Courier-Mail.
Queensland Health has confirmed the man was naked and they gave him a gown when discharged on Monday afternoon, The Courier-Mail reported.