26 Jul 2019

'They did not rescue her' - grieving daughter's anger at hospital

From Morning Report, 8:18 am on 26 July 2019

The daughter of an elderly woman who died at North Shore Hospital says her mother was poorly cared for and died a violent and traumatic death.

Eighty-three-year-old Aileen Aspden was admitted in September 2015 because of a relapse of her Crohn's disease.

In a report published this week, the Health and Disability Commissioner was critical of the standard of care provided by the Waitematā District Health Board.

Anthony Hill said opportunities to "rescue" the patient, who was losing blood, were not acted on.

One of Mrs Aspden's three daughters - Sydney-based Karla Aspden - told RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown, poor communication was one of many failures.