Waikato DHB to review its involvement in the care of Ross Bremner

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The Waikato District Health Board has confirmed that Ross Bremner was a client of its Mental Health and Addiction Services since 2003 and it will be conducting a review of its involvement in his care.

Ross Bremner was at the centre of a Police search in relation to the stabbing of his parents in Otorohanga which left his mother dead and his father in a critical condition.

The search for Bremner was conducted over a number of days and ended in even more tragedy after the discovery of three bodies at a house at Kinohaku, near Taharoa on Friday.

Two of the bodies discovered were those of an elderly couple well known and loved in their community. They were Mona Tuwhangai and Maurice O’Donell. The third body located at the scene was 34-year-old Bremner.

The Waikato District Health Board issued a statement today saying its thoughts were with the family and community at this difficult time.

The statement also outlined that Bremner “had a number of brief inpatient stays in Henry Bennett Centre at Waikato Hospital from October 2003 to January 2007.  He had no further admissions until April 2013 when he spent six weeks in Hospital. Since May 2013 he has been living in the community under the care of his GP and with the support of the relevant DHB services.”

It says, “In compliance with nationally agreed best practice, we will be conducting a review of our involvement in this client’s care.  We will be engaging an independent psychiatrist to head the review and as part of the review we will talk to other providers who helped to support Ross in the community. The review is expected to take a number of weeks.”