Coroner blasts doctor's 'erroneous and reprehensible' behaviour

A DOCTOR'S decision to detain a woman under the mental health act shortly before her death has been blasted by a South Australian coroner as "inexplicable, erroneous and reprehensible".

Coroner Mark Johns says the decision to sign an inpatient treatment order shortly before Kay Meredith MacMillan died of end-stage heart failure in February 2013 was unnecessary and almost certainly illegal.

Mrs MacMillan, from the southern Adelaide suburb of Blewitt Springs, was diagnosed with terminal heart failure a year before her death. In her final days, as she awaited palliative care, she