GP to fight on over wife’s palliative treatment

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen sensationally intervened to allow Dr Sofocado’s family permanent residency last year after immigration officials had declined the family’s 2008 application because Mrs Sofocado developed breast cancer before the department assessed the application in 2010.

However, Dr Sofocado, originally from the Philippines, said nurses at Kalgoorlie Hospital exacerbated his wife’s suffering by refusing to provide morphine to relieve her pain, and his subsequent official complaint prompted an investigation and a letter of apology from WACHS Goldfields regional medical director, Dr Peter Barratt.

“The good thing is at least they admitted there were mistakes and they are trying to improve things,” Dr Sofocado told MO.“But I would like to see the results of the investigation.”

The letter of apology mentioned recommendations arising from the investigation, including further training and