We have learnt from a Coroners report, details of which were reported in the media this week, that an Alana Goldsmith, a patient at the Northside Clinic, left it twice through a fire escape on the 22 Jul 2011, the second time going to a railway station and committing suicide.
As an attractive blond in her early 20s, she may well have been one of the females being abused in the Clinic by one of the psychiatrists there, under the very noses of the Northside’s management team, including, in particular it’s CEO Ms Anne Mortimer – one gets the impression that if it had been up to them Ong Ming Tan, now in gaol, would have still been practicing there had the Police not stepped in. (I’ve written extensively about these matter in previous posts on the Northside Clinic.)
Two things are for certain – Ms Mortimer is still going to be claiming that Northside’s performance in relation to this matter was without fault, in fact superb, (you can email her and ask her if you like – I myself are sick of emailing her and can’t be bothered any more,) and so is Ramsay Health Care’s spokesperson, Ms Carmel Monaghan.
Two things I find of great concern.
Firstly, in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Louise Hall’s article on this the fact that the “private hospital” concerned was the Northside Clinic is left out? One wonders if this was Louise’s idea, or whether pressure to do this was put on her, and if so, by whom?
Secondly, Louise has reported that the Coroner said last Tuesday, 15 July, that “he would not release his reasons for judgment or recommendations for two weeks.” My concern, from experiences in the past, is that these will NEVER be released on the Coroner’s Court’s website – an eight day coroner’s enquiry and it will still be very hard for you and I to know exactly what went on! We’ll see.