Ross Bremner care review kept secret


The Waikato District Health Board inquiry into its care of killer Ross Bremner will stay under wraps after his family refused permission to make it public.
The DHB today said it had completed its serious event review into the 34-year-old’s care and had shared it with the families involved in last October’s killings.
“The Bremner family have declined the DHB’s request to share this report publicly at this time,” executive director of mental health Derek Wright said.
The health information privacy code meant the DHB could not release the report as it contained confidential patient information, he said.
In October last year, Bremner killed his 60-year-old mother Clare and stabbed his 64-year-old father Keith in Otorohanga. He then went on to kill Mona Waikoko Tuwhangai, 82, and Maurice Raymond O’Donnell, 72, at their bach about 60km from the town. Bremner was found dead alongside them.
The DHB later confirmed Bremner had been a mental health and addiction services client since 2003 but had not been an inpatient since a six-week stay in April 2013.
Since then he had been living in the community under the care of his GP and with the support of the relevant DHB services.
The review has now been passed to the coroner and shared with the police. It has also been sent to mental health officials at the Ministry of Health. NZN

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