Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller

MP Miller ejected from Parliament ... again

BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller was sin-binned in State Parliament for a fifth time after supporting an Ipswich mum who lost her baby after she was turned away by a Rockhampton hospital.

Mrs Miller was ejected from the parliamentary chamber on Tuesday night during a five-hour debate on the scrapping of the Health Quality Complaints Commission, which is investigating the tragic death of Emma Green's unborn son.

The commission will be replaced by a health ombudsman, a decision opposed by Mrs Miller and her Labor colleagues.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg was addressing the Speaker when Mrs Miller attempted to table an article by The Queensland Times.

Her attempts were denied by acting Speaker and Cleveland MP Dr Mark Robinson, who told Mrs Miller to resume her seat.

But the Labor MP continued: "In relation to the Green family -"

Dr Robinson again ordered Mrs Miller to resume her seat, to no avail.

Mrs Miller interjected: "I wrote to you at the request of the Green family -"

TURNED AWAY: Jane Green with daughter Emma Green who is seeking answers after she was repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital. Her unborn son died.
TURNED AWAY: Jane Green with daughter Emma Green who is seeking answers after she was repeatedly turned away from Rockhampton Hospital. Her unborn son died. Sarah Harvey

Just after 9pm Dr Robinson ordered Mrs Miller out of the chamber for one hour.

Speaking outside parliament, Mrs Miller said the Health Quality and Complaints Commission was a national leader in investigating the complaints of patients.

"The Green family made complaints in relation to the treatment of Emma for a number of days and they have been unhappy with the response by the health minister," she said.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the new Ombudsman would help restore public confidence in the health complaints management system.

"Complaints about the health system need to be dealt with in an accountable, swift and effective manner, so Queensland Health can grow and continue to provide top quality medical services," he said.

"One of the problems with the past system was the complicated process required in cases where health practitioners were not registered and this will be dealt with under the new system."

Ms Green was turned away from Rockhampton Hospital four days in a row in May.

The bill was passed later on Tuesday night.



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