Healthdirect savaged over baby's death

Protocols used by the multimillion dollar Healthdirect hotline are under fire after a nurse diagnosed a “tummy virus” in a baby who later died from meningitis.

A coroner's report handed down on Thursday into the death of Allegra Scafidas — a six-month-old infant from Perth — savaged the Healthdirect hotline, saying it needed to improve the care guidelines used by its nurses as well as the training of its nursing staff to deal with