Husband Over-Medicated: Wife

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Byline: HANNAH BUSCH

A 76-YEAR-old woman says she has been let down by the public health system and Maryborough MP Anne Maddern after attempting to raise concerns about the level of drugs her husband was being given as a patient at Maryborough Base Hospital and Hervey Bay Hospital.

The woman, who does not want to be named, believed her frail 83-year-old husband was over-medicated after he suffered a stroke in May and spent time in both hospitals.

She believed the level of drugs given to her husband, who suffers from dementia, was too much for his body to handle and contributed to a worsening condition that has now seen him admitted to respite care. He suffered a second stroke and a heart attack in the past two months.

The woman said staff told her that her husband was given both new drugs and higher dosages of his previous medication because he had become violent towards staff.

The woman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same month her husband suffered a stroke, first attempted to take the case to Maryborough MP Anne Maddern in June.

She said office staff at the time told her she would not be able to see Mrs Maddern and would need to make an appointment.

She attempted to visit Mrs Maddern again last Friday after waiting eight weeks for a phone call, but walked out in disgust when she was again told to make an appointment. …