Department of Corrections failed to diagnose woman with advanced gastric cancer

The Department of Corrections and its medical staff have been slammed for failing to diagnose a woman who was dying with gastric cancer.

A report from the Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner out today has found the prisoner's care was seriously deficient.

Over a six month period the prisoner complained to several nurses and two doctors about a burning throat, stomach gas, nausea and eventually black vomit.

By the time her vomit was black the woman was in a wheelchair and described her pain as "10 out of 10" reports NZME.

When she was transferred to hospital in 2016 she was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer causing a near complete obstruction of the outlet to her stomach.

She died the following year.

The Department has since engaged a nursing educator to up skill staff, and has commissioned an independent review. 



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