An inquest will be held into the death of a 36-year-old Aboriginal man who died just hours after he was discharged from a regional NSW hospital last year.
Kamilaroi and Dunghutti man Ricky “Dougie” Hampson Jr, died less than 24 hours after he was discharged from Dubbo Base Hospital in August 2021.
The 36-year-old had presented to the hospital complaining of severe stomach pain and a tearing sensation in his abdomen and was given painkillers before being released the next day.
He was found dead the following morning from two perforated ulcers.
His family have spent months campaigning for an inquest, backed by the National Justice Project: a non-profit organisation that fights to tackle systemic discrimination.
Stephen Clarke spoke to Director and principal solicitor George Newhouse, He says the inquest is “absolutely necessary.”