A great confusion between two doctors belonging to two different DHBs' allegedly took a patient's life. The Auckland District Health Board is being criticized by the Anthony Hill, who is the Health and Disability Commissioner.
He explained the whole incident and was of the view that a doctor from different DHB referred a patient suffering from chest pain to the Auckland District Health Board. He also sent reports and a letter to the doctor in the Auckland District Health Board. However, doctor did not find it important to refer reports and trusted the letter alone.
The letter did not specify the condition of the patient and treated accordingly. Resultant of which, the patient died before getting treatment. The death has initiated the blame game, as the Auckland District Health Board doctor has blamed another doctor that he did not specify in the letter about the urgency.
On the other side, the doctor from other DHB was of the view that the ADHB doctor should have consulted both the things, and then would have treated the patient. Hill has blamed the Auckland District Health Board and has said that they should have taken the matter seriously and would have tested the patient's problem personally.