'Hasil free' to share their thoughts
ONE topic was banned when seven local women shared coffee, cake and Christmas plans at the Lismore Pie Cart yesterday.
The taboo topic was Dr Roman Hasil.
All seven women were former patients of the Czech-born obstetrician, who has had 10 formal complaints about his work made to the Health Care Complaints Commission. Connie Scholl, of Casino, organised the 'Hasil-free morning tea' so women could take time out from talking about the trauma.
Despite the topic being avoided, Mrs Scholl said it was important that women who felt they 'had been victimised by the doctor knew they weren't alone'.
“I remember wanting to speak out about the treatment I received from Dr Hasil, but felt no one would believe me and that it had only happened to me,” she said.
“It's not a good thing that it has happened to so many women, but it's a comfort for everyone to know that they aren't the only ones suffering.
“Meeting other women like this reassures you that what happened wasn't your fault.”
Mrs Scholl said a few people had recognised the women as they enjoyed their coffee and cake in the sun, and made an effort to show their support.
“We had Santa arrive to entertain our kids, so it attracted a bit of attention, and a few people who knew why we were meeting told us to keep going, and not to stop until we had made definite changes,” she said.
Mrs Scholl defined what those definite changes would be.
“We want to see rules changed so that every foreign doctor is investigated properly before being allowed to work in the country,” she said.
Increasing the freedom of medical staff to speak out against the ill-treatment of patients in their hospitals is also on the list of things to change, according to Mrs Scholl.
Despite already meeting 40 women concerned about their treatment from Dr Hasil, Mrs Scholl said she believed there were more.
Knowing there were women in the same boat and supporting each other should give them the strength to come forward, she said.
Mrs Scholl invited women concerned about their treatment by Dr Hasil to call her on 0438 626 711.