ALLEGATIONS of a cover-up have been levelled at Queensland Health after the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service recorded four cases of TB in 2013. Anecdotal evidence suggests the current number is much higher.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has been told by Torres Strait leaders that recorded information relating to the region’s battle with the deadly disease “didn’t match what was going on”.
“We found information being published through Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service about TB contact tracing in the region was not matching up with what they (the leaders) were saying,” Mr Springborg’s spokesman said.
He added the minister had “found some things he wasn’t satisfied with” regarding data pertaining to the disease’s prevalence in the Torres Strait.