Disgraced doctor Hasil in hospital
DISGRACED former Lismore obstetrician Roman Hasil has spent about two weeks on life support in a Sydney hospital after suffering a head injury.
However, the doctor who left Lismore under a cloud after being investigated for allegedly 'fiddling' with the hours of work he claimed and with angry former patients claiming they had been mistreated by him, is now out of danger.
Dr Hasil hit the headlines in 2007 when New Zealand's Health and Disability Commissioner launched an investigation into complaints of several botched sterilisation procedures and other allegations, including that he had turned up to work smelling of alcohol.
That inquiry triggered a wave of complaints from local women about their treatment at his hands between 2001 and 2005 while he was working at Lismore Base Hospital, with some alleging he had effectively tortured them and left them with lasting physical damage.
The complaints of some of those women are now being pursued by Slater & Gordon lawyer Bill Madden for a civil case.
A spokesman for Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital confirmed Dr Hasil had spent more than two weeks on life support in the hospital's intensive care unit, but said he was moved to a ward on Monday. Dr Hasil was in a stable condition and no longer required life support.
Confidentiality laws meant the spokesman was unable to provide any further details.
However, it was believed Dr Hasil suffered a head injury. An unconfirmed rumour suggested the injury resulted from a fall at an inner-Sydney men's hostel he had been staying at.
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