Case Note 11140 [2001] NZPrivCmr 21 – Woman alleges medical officer wrongly described cause of her sister’s death

Prior to her death, the complainant’s sister lived in a rest home. The sister was admitted to hospital and died there. The hospital notified the Medical Officer of Health that death was due to ‘acute respiratory failure secondary to miliary tuberculosis’. The Health Act 1956 requires the Medical Officer of Health to be notified where there is a reasonable suspicion that a person is suffering from a notifiable disease, such as tuberculosis.

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