Disgraced doctor causing hassles in Queensland
By Adam Wratten
ALARM about former Lismore obstetrician Roman Hasil has spread to Queensland.
Health bosses at Rockhampton have offered a former patient a detailed examination to check on work the doctor performed on her last year.
Rockhampton health authorities said they contacted Mount Morgan mum of six, Hina Russell, 24, to tell her of the allegations against Dr Hasil.
Ms Russell, who had a caesarean section and sterilisation procedure, was one of two Rockhampton Hospital patients seen by Dr Hasil, whose methods are being investigated by the Queensland Medical Board over a 'deviation from standard practice'.
Health boss Dr Bill Beresford said Ms Russell's fallopian tubes were clipped when standard practice in Australia was to cut them.
He said the use of clips was normal only when the tubal ligation was performed using keyhole surgery.
He said either method was effective, but cutting was preferred because it had a more complete success rate.
Ms Russell yesterday said she was shocked to discover the doctor who had worked on her on January 4, 2007, was at the centre of an investigation.
Czech-trained Dr Hasil has been in jail, allegedly drank on the job, and is accused of botching operations.
He worked at Lismore Base Hospital from 2001 to 2004 and at Rockhampton Hospital as a locum from December 18, 2006, to January 12, 2007.
Ms Russell said the allegations raised concerns, particularly as a relative had undergone a similar procedure in the past that had failed.
Dr Beresford apologised to Ms Russell for any distress or anxiety and said the offer of a complete and thorough check-up with a specialist remained available to her.
Ms Russell said she didn't speak much with Dr Hasil during her treatment as she had been preoccupied at the time with her son's birth.
Meanwhile, another woman who was treated in Rockhampton by Dr Hasil has come out in support of him and the city's hospital.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said Dr Hasil behaved in a professional and kind manner during her time at the hospital last year. She said there were no problems with the birth of her first-born child, although she was shocked to find out about the allegations against Dr Hasil.