An external review into care received by an Invercargill
woman who critically injured a baby has cleared Southland
Hospital, Fairfax has reported.
Commissioned by the Southern District Health Board, the
report has not been released publicly.
The Southland Times reported at the weekend it had
seen a copy of the report, which found the incident was a
''landmine event'' staff could not have predicted.
The report includes an assessment of the woman's care leading
up to the incident in early September last year.
Sucharitta Milton was taken to Southland Hospital with
self-inflicted wrist wounds and the critically injured baby
was transferred to Auckland's Starship Hospital.
The Otago Daily Times has previously requested the
report under the Official Information Act.
The board would not discuss the findings, but took issue with
The Southland Times for citing criticism of the
communications department as part of the report.
Responding in a statement yesterday, Southern District Health
Board acting chief executive Lexie O'Shea said the board was
consulting the Milton family over privacy issues before
deciding whether to release the report.
''Comments around the communications process attributed to
the report by The Southland Times have been
misinterpreted by The Southland Times and we will be
discussing this with them,'' she said.
Last month in the High Court at Invercargill, Milton was
found not guilty because of insanity over the attempted
murder of the 3-week-old.