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Eastern Health hides rape incident

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 7 November, 2011 - 10:19 AM
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Eastern Health is being accused of failing to report the alleged rape of a 21 year old female patient.

Image: The Age

The young woman has told Neil Mitchell she was raped by a male patient while in the Maroondah Hospital's psychiatric ward in 2008, but was advised to not tell anyone about it.

Police records reportedly show it was the woman, not Eastern Health, who first lodged the complaint.

Alexandra says when she told her nurses and they blamed her.

Listen to Alexandra's shocking interview with Neil Mitchell below.

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PLAY: Alexandra tells Neil Mitchell that she was raped by another patient at Eastern Health

READ: The Age article from Monday

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  • Eastern Health and in particular Box Hill Hospital is and has been in crisis for years now, known as "The Eastern Witches" by most other hospitals due to an ingrained culture of bullying and stand over tactics that goes right to the top, always crying poor yet when faced with government funds for an upgrade the first thing they do is build new offices for administration, not update/upgrade the hospital itself, not to mention a bonus system (which I thought was illegal in the public sector) for so called executives (Which shall never be spoken of, Shh.), combined with incompetence in staff and project management, and a definite "click" it's no wonder this hospital is constantly filthy dirty, makes Frankston hospital look like a resort.

    Beware corruption in this system is rife !!

    bhh worker Monday 16 January, 2012 - 10:18 AM
  • Where is the duty of care for this patient? a system in crisis.

    P.O. Tuesday 8 November, 2011 - 7:58 AM
  • Honestly Police involvement need to be more professional when dealing with cases like this. In my experience when i reported a sexual harrassment by a 40 year old and his son who was roughly 10, mind you i was only 16 years old. This man also harrassed my partner at that time and my female housemate but they were not strong enough to stand up for themselves. All this happened in my own home. When I brought forward my case to the Police, their response to my claim was not what any honest hearted person would say "The reason why he did it is because your a lesbian and he was turned on by it" Mind you that came from two female officers. They then asked me "What would you do if it happened to you in a dark alley? My response to that was "i would not come and see you" No enquiries or investigations came from my claim. And to this day to them, nothing worthy of their attention ever happened according to them.
    I feel your pain Alexandra stay strong and never give in, i believe you just as much as i wanted someone to believe me.

    Beck Monday 7 November, 2011 - 2:39 PM

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