23 Oct 2019

AHDB mental health services unchanged after death in Samoa

From , 6:01 am on 23 October 2019

A New Zealand district health board (DHB) has not adopted a coroner's recommendation to improve its mental health services after a psychiatric patient died in Samoa. 

The recommendation was part of findings into the death of Hans Dalton - who was found in a Tafa'igata prison cell on Boxing Day 2012.

Exactly how he got there remains a mystery after a New Zealand inquest was hampered by Samoan authorities - who refused to hand over official information.

Coroner Peter Ryan did, however, recommend the Auckland District Health Board develop a protocol to better inform client's families about the risks involved in overseas travel - advice the DHB has not taken up. 

Anneke Smith reports.

Hans Christopher Dalton

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