Former patients wait for answers

22:36, Nov 15 2012

The advocate for two women who have complained to the Health and Disability Commission about surgery they had at Wairau Hospital is relieved the police are investigating a doctor.

Adrien Pitcon-Mason, of Picton, said the women believed the doctor being investigated by the police was the same doctor who had treated them.

"I want things to speed up," she said.

The sister of another woman whose treatment is being investigated by the Health and Disabilities Commission said it was good to know things were moving. However, her family had been warned it would be a long, slow process.

Ms Pitcon-Mason said the women she represented had surgery at Wairau Hospital in December 2010 and February 2011. Both were transferred to Christchurch Hospital after their surgery.

She complained to the Health and Disability Commission on their behalf in August and October last year but had heard nothing since December, when a representative wrote saying the complaint had been referred to the Medical Council.

"We don't even know if they have finished their consideration," she said.

Have you made a complaint to the Health and Disability Commission after surgery at Wairau Hospital? Contact our reporter Penny Wardle or 0272413684


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