Hospital declares 200 patients dead by mistake

An Australian hospital has mistakenly sent out death notices for 200 of its patients. Austin Hospital in Melbourne, "killed off" the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.

Australian hospital has declared 200 patients dead by mistake. Credit: PA

The error was a result of change to the templates the hospital sends to doctors once a patient has been discharged, its officials said in a statement.

"We apologised unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were very understanding about the error," it said.