Disgraced NZ doctor 'available' to work

SHABNAM DASTGHEIB
Last updated 09:40 19/07/2012
Roman Hasil
Fairfax Australia
AVAILABLE: Disgraced former Whanganui obstetrician and gynaecologist Roman Hasil.

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Disgraced former Whanganui obstetrician and gynaecologist Roman Hasil has reportedly contacted a Sydney hospital to book operating theatre time, in spite of being declared unfit to practise.

Dr Hasil was hauled before the New South Wales Medical Tribunal in December to answer 15 serious complaints made by women he treated at Lismore Base Hospital, in northern New South Wales, between 2001 and 2005.

Yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that he failed to appear at a new tribunal hearing. The tribunal was to decide on the protective orders which would be placed against him.

At the tribunal it was revealed that Dr Hasil had phoned a hospital in Sydney looking for theatre time though he was not permitted to do so. The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported Dr Hasil had phoned a Sydney private hospital in Ashfield looking for "theatre time" and told staff he was available to work "three to four days a week".

According to the Telegraph, staff became suspicious and searched online, uncovering a number of details about his malpractice.

Dr Hasil's chequered past includes drink driving offences, an assault conviction and alcoholism. He was found to have botched eight sterilisations while working for Whanganui DHB from 2005 to 2007.

The judge chairing the hearing said Dr Hasil was of no risk to the public as he wasn't registered to practise medicine.

The hearing was adjourned until October.

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