Doctors remove wrong side of man's bowel at Sydney hospital
An investigation has been launched after the wrong side of a man’s bowel was removed at Sydney’s scandal-plagued Northern Beaches Hospital last week.
It is understood the mistake was made due to an error in a pathology report from a privately contracted laboratory.
The patient has since returned to the hospital for further surgery to rectify the mistake.
A spokesperson for the hospital's private operator, Healthscope, said in a statement the incident had been reported to the Ministry of Health, in line with protocol.
“The patient and their family have been provided full disclosure and NBH is supporting their ongoing care and treatment,” the statement read.
“The incident was immediately notified to NSW Health and the cause for the error is under investigation.”
Health minister Brad Hazzard said an investigation into the surgery was under way.
The incident comes weeks after it was announced a parliamentary inquiry would examine the operation and management of the $600m public-private hospital.
Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord successfully moved for an inquiry in the upper house, telling parliament the hospital had "lurched from crisis to crisis" since it opened in 2018.
He said patients and medical staff had reported a litany of problems including a lack of basic medical supplies.
But Liberals MP Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the motion was borne out of cynicism and aimed at using the hospital as a political football.
A parliamentary committee will now examine the running of the hospital, including standards of service provision and care, staffing and the merits of public-private partnership arrangements in healthcare.
Mr Secord said the inquiry would have power to subpoena witnesses and documents.
Last wee, the hospital's director of nursing Moran Wasson became the latest senior manager to leave the hospital.
Since it's opening eight months ago, the hospital's chief executive Deborah Latta, medical director Louise Messara and head of anaesthetics Alistair Boyce have all departed.
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