Mothers deliver mixed reviews on disgraced doctor
By Alex Easton
BOTCHED sterilisations that sparked a New Zealand investigation into former Lismore doctor Roman Hasil could not have happened here, according to one of his supervising doctors.
Senior Lismore obstetrician Brendan O’Sullivan said Dr Hasil would have performed few – if any – sterilisations in his four years at Lismore Base Hospital because he was not employed as a%gynaecologist.
Dr O’Sullivan described Dr Hasil’s performance for ‘most of his tenure’ as an obstetrician at Lismore Base as ‘adequate’, saying he would have had many patients among Lismore’s mums-to-be.
One of those mums, Lismore resident Amy Montgomery, yesterday said she’d happily go back to Dr Hasil – regardless of what was said about him in New Zealand.
Dr Hasil delivered Ms Montgomery’s daughter, Jordyn, on January 30, 2005, after guiding her through a pregnancy complicated by diabetes.
“I had to see him every fortnight. There were only two or three times I didn’t have him,” Ms Montgomery said.
“He was fantastic. He did all the normal checks and tests and, because I was high risk, sent me for scans.”
Ms Montgomery described Dr Hasil as a straight talker who thoroughly checked and answered her every concern. She said she was delighted when he arrived in the delivery room for Jordyn’s birth.
“I just raved about him. I still do,” she said.
Ms Montgomery said she had a friend who had an equally positive experience with the overseas-trained doctor, and The Northern Star has been contacted by another happy former patient defending the doctor.
The Star has also spoken to several women who have had unhappy experiences with Dr Hasil, although none has been willing to speak publicly. One of those, whose daughter is now five, was unable to speak on the record because she was planning legal action against him. Another, whose daughter is also now five, broke down while talking about her experience with him, but felt the birth was too private to share publicly.
Dr O’Sullivan agreed there had been some complaints about Dr Hasil, but said that was not entirely unusual.
Patients’ complaints were taken seriously, and any substantial complaint was subject to thorough and independent investigation.
However, Dr Hasil had some personal issues which began to emerge towards the end of his stint at the Base and began to affect his work life.
Dr O’Sullivan said Dr Hasil agreed after talks in 2005 his interests would be best served by leaving Lismore.
A spokesman for the North Coast Area Health Service said the service had ‘stringent clinical safeguards’ at all its facilities.