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HDC - NZSA legal Opinion

A medication error by an anaesthetist was the subject of a case investigated by the Health and Disability Commissioner in 2017, which involved the anaesthetist accidentally administering extra epidural morphine to a patient during spinal surgery.

The doctor was found to have breached Right 4(1) of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. The full HDC report can be read here.

The NZSA commissioned an independent legal opinion on this case in response to concerns expressed by some anaesthetists regarding the HDC decision and report, and its potential implications such as undermining open disclosure and transparency. The legal opinion, as well as a memorandum provided by our lawyers on the options available for challenging an HDC opinion, can be read below.  Read the HDC independent legal opinion here.

You can also read a memo outlining options for challenging an HDC opinion here.

NZSA Submissions


PM, Ministers of Health and Climate Change - Health sector contribution to Government's carbon neutral goals - 19 January 2021