Report into deadly Sydney hospital gas mix-up due out

A final report into the deadly Sydney hospital gas mix-up is due out on Saturday.

One baby died and another has brain damage after they were given Nitrous Oxide instead of Oxygen at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in June and July this year.

The families of the two newborns were provided with the Chief Health Officer’s report into the error, NSW Health announced on Friday.


Health Minister Jillian Skinner said in a statement that she wanted to give the families time to consider its contents before the findings were made public on Saturday.

But the Ghanem family, whose baby boy died after being given the wrong gas, was blindsided by the announcement according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Stephen Mainstone, the lawyer for the family, said they were very disappointed by the Minister’s timing.

Mr Mainstone said any suggestion by the health ministry that it had allowed the family to process the report before it was released publicly was incorrect.

He said he received the report via email at roughly 11.30am on Friday, just two hours before NSW Health’s press release announced the report had been provided to the families.