Due to inaccuracy of the faxed information regarding patient's health and fault of doctors, in 2004, a man died at Auckland City Hospital. McAlpine was 82 and was given a fatal combination of wrong drugs because in his faxed reports, his test results were wrongly printed. Actually, they were too faded to read that the hospital staff mistakenly mixed the medication suitable for him with that of another patient and gave him the wrong dose. He broke on the spot.
Another case has been brought into light by the Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill. Victim's name has not been disclosed but it was in 2009 when Mr. A died because of a few irresponsible doctors and GPs.
He was suffering from chest pain on exertion and therefore was advised by his GP to perform an exercise test in July 2009. As a result he was found having "significant coronary artery disease that required urgent attention". His GP reported his test results as disgustingly abnormal but in the referral letter to Auckland City Hospital's cardiology department, the same were mentioned as positive. Both the documents were faxed but since the test report was on a pink paper, therefore, its faxed copy was not much clear to read. After analyzing the referral letter, doctors at the hospital put him on a semi-urgent waiting list and he was given the dates of next month. As a result, he died because of heart attack.
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