Call for standardised death-reporting guidelines

Australia needs standardised guidelines on doctors’ legal obligations regarding the reporting of deaths that occur in a medical setting, says an article in the MJA.

Each state has its own law, but only Queensland, Victoria and NSW have coroners’ guidelines on doctors’ obligations, write Professor Michael Bruist and Dr Sarah Middleton from the University of Tasmania .

They illustrate their point by explaining how each state would treat a hypothetical case involving a woman with cystic fibrosis who dies after a delay in the removal of the chest

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