Internationally acclaimed Aboriginal singer Gurrumul Yunupingu was racially profiled when he was left to internally bleed for over eight hours by staff at the Royal Darwin Hospital, the singer’s manager claims.
“He was admitted on easter Sunday at about nine o’clock, into A&E at RDH and was then sent to the rapid assessment department, which basically is the place you go if urgent action is needed once A&E assess you,” Yunupingu’s manager Mark Grose told Channel 9 News.
“He got there about 1am in the morning and was not operated on until 10 or 11 the next morning. He was essentially internally bleeding for a good eight plus hours”.
Grose believes that staff had racially profiled the Yolgnu man, who lives with Hepatitis B, as an alcoholic. Grose has now sent an angry letter to the hospital questioning why Yunupingu wasn’t treated until he was on the verge of death.
“There are two assumptions that I can make which are both very disturbing but need answering. Was Gurrumul Yununpingu’s level of A&E care related to assumptions based on his race or is there a serious fault in the system that allows someone to be largely ignored by A&E while seriously ill?,” Grose wrote in the letter.