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 have reasonably been done