Health Service denies that staff racially profiled musician

THE Northern Territory Health Service has denied its hospital staff racially profiled a popular indigenous artist, who did not receive potentially life saving treatment allegedly on the basis of his race.

Musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu made the accusations yesterday.

Skinny Fish Music managing director Mark Grose blasted Royal Darwin Hospital after the singer's internal bleeding was left untreated for eight hours in the emergency department on Easter Sunday.

The bleeding was a complication of the singer having hepatitis B as a child.

"I believe there was an assumption that he was a drinker ... and that the effort going into saving him would be useless anyway, because he'd just go back to drinking," Mr Grose said.

Top End Health Service medical services executive director Dr Dinesh Arya described Mr Yunupingu's care as "timely and appropriate".

"It is concerning (that) it has been suggested that some care assumptions may have been made based on the patient's race," he said.


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