No formal investigation into singer's treatment at hospital

It is  alleged Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was written off as
It is alleged Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was written off as "a drinker", when the singer's condition is actually the result of having had hepatitis B as a child. AAP

A FORMAL investigation into the alleged mistreatment of Indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu at a Darwin hospital has "absolutely" been ruled out, the NT Health Minister says.

On Monday afternoon Yunupingu's management told 105.7 ABC Darwin he nearly bled to death in Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) after languishing with internal bleeding for eight hours.

"We've already had a preliminary investigation overnight on the back of these allegations and they are insupportable," Minister John Elferink said on Tuesday morning.

Mark Grose, managing director of Skinny Fish Music, and Yunupingu's private nurse, Michelle Dowden, admitted the singer to emergency on March 27 with complications related to an ongoing liver condition.

The pair then left Yunupingu in hospital with the expectation he would urgently undergo a "simple surgery" to rectify internal bleeding, Mr Grose said.

Read more at: ABC

Topics:  darwin music

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