Ex-coun­cil­lor dead

Fam­ily raises ques­tions over how it hap­pened

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Natalie Wynne natalie. wynne@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A FAM­ILY is de­mand­ing an­swers af­ter a pa­tient fell from a bed, cracked his head on the floor and died fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent at Townsville Hos­pi­tal. Queens­land Health last night re­fused to com­ment on the case, but t he f am­ily of f ormer Townsville City coun­cil­lor Noel Wil­son were ques­tion­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death. The well-known La­bor stal­wart, was ad­mit­ted for a rou­tine op­er­a­tion. Mr Wil­son’s daugh­ter Narelle Rogers said the fam­ily was no­ti­fied af­ter his fall on Wed­nes­day, with doc­tors rush­ing him straight in to surgery.

‘‘ They said he fell out of bed, frac­tured his skull and had a mas­sive brain bleed,’’ she said. ‘‘ The hand rails weren’t pulled up on the bed and he couldn’t walk at all.’’

Ms Rogers said the fam­ily was dev­as­tated. ‘‘ He was ad­mit­ted to get treat­ment for his angina prob­lems,’’ she said.

‘‘ It’s hap­pened . . . we just hope it never hap­pens to some­one else’s fam­ily.’’

For­mer coun­cil­lor Noel Wil­son died af­ter fall­ing from his hos­pi­tal bed on Wed­nes­day

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