Melbourne has become the first city to resurrect the dead.
The Austin Hospital of Melbourne has just admitted that 200 of its patients were temporarily “killed off” on July 30th.
The GP’s of patients at the hospital were mistakenly advised that patients had passed away when a computer file was saved to the wrong location – replacing standard patient discharge forms with standard death notices.
“We apologize unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were very understanding of the error,” said Austin Health communications director Taryn Sheehy.
Most GP’s were alerted off the error, and their patients effectively brought back to life before any families were contacted.
Dr Tony Bartone, president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association condemned the blunder; “IT issues must not undermine patient care or trust in the Victorian healthcare system”.
Daniel Andrews, leader of The Victorian Labour Opposition believes the mistake testifies the states flawed health system that it hopes to reform.
By Victoria Saule