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14 August 2014

Melbourne hospital sends out hundreds of death notices for living patients

Austin hospital mistakenly faxed more than 200 death notices to patients’ GPs

Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews:

‘It’s symptomatic of a health system that is in crisis.’

A Melbourne hospital has erroneously sent out death notices for hundreds of its living patients.
More than 200 patients were mistakenly “killed” when Austin hospital faxed the death notices, generated in error, to each patient’s GP.

It took several hours to correct the error which occurred early Wednesday morning, according to a News Corp report.
Austin Health, which runs Austin hospital, has apologised but the Victorian opposition says the incident is a further sign of a hospital system in crisis.
“They obviously can’t take that back ... It’s symptomatic of a health system that is in crisis, a health system where emergency departments are full,” the Labor leader, Daniel Andrews, said on Thursday.
“You talk to any nurses, any doctor, any paramedic, any patient or their loved ones, and they’ll tell you that we shouldn’t settle for the health system the way it is now.”