Coroner criticises state's refusal to treat guidelines

Ambulance Tasmania's policy is 'confusing' and needs a rewrite, say inquest findings

A coroner has recommended Ambulance Tasmania rewrite its refusal of treatment and transport policy after the death of a woman who declined care.

Feryne Gaylene Hunter, 75, suffered a tracheostomy blockage and was found lifeless in bed by a nurse on the morning of 13 September 2017 in her suburban Hobart home. 

Mrs Hunter, who had a history of coughing up blood clots, had been visited by nurses, paramedics and police over successive days. 

In findings published last week, Coroner Olivia McTaggart said nothing could