Baby from Wide Bay region dies waiting for bed: reports

QUEENSLAND Health Minister Cameron Dick has ordered an urgent investigation into reports a baby died while waiting for a bed at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

Mr Dick has ordered the health ombudsmen to investigate the death of a 12-week-old boy from the Wide Bay region who had been scheduled for life-saving lung surgery at Lady Cilento.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick

Mr Dick said he had been told the baby died while being forced to wait for the operation, due to a bed shortage.

The hospital, which opened only 11 months ago, has already been the subject of two independent reviews.

Both found major problems, but nothing that caused long-term harm to patients.

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