Call to scrap 'undignified' GP identity check rule when patients die

It comes after a deceased patient waited in a practice carpark for an hour for an examination

Funeral directors are calling for a state law to be struck out that requires a GP to sight deceased patients before cremation — claiming the ID check is undignified and often takes place in practice carparks.

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It follows the case of 71-year-old Elizabeth O'Kane, who died at her home in the NSW Hunter Valley town of Rutherford in April.

Mrs O'Kane's family asked her GP, from Marketplace Medical Centre Rutherford, to come out on a home visit to confirm the death, but when he declined, the grandmother was loaded into the back of a funeral director's van so she could be driven out