Thomas George, Janine Bruyn and Connie and Sebastian School at the media conference.
Thomas George, Janine Bruyn and Connie and Sebastian School at the media conference. The Northern Star

Victims of Dr Hasil encouraged to speak out

CHILDBIRTH is supposed to be one of the milestones of womanhood, done in a supportive environment.

No woman would expect to be humiliated during childbirth by the person whose job it was to assist her.

But that is exactly what Connie Scholl, of Casino, said Dr Roman Hasil did when she gave birth at Lismore Base Hospital in 2002, and she believes there are many other women who suffered at the hands of the doctor.

Ms Scholl has become the spokesperson for a group of women from the Northern Rivers who have lodged complaints about Dr Hasil with the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission.

Speaking yesterday at a media conference held to encourage more victims to speak out, Ms Scholl said she had carried the burden of what happened to her for six years, and going public with the details of her story had been humiliating and embarrassing.

Ms Scholl said she knew of women who were too traumatised and afraid to speak out about their experiences at the hands of Dr Hasil.

“The girls are running scared and are not speaking up,” she said.

Ms Scholl said she also believed there were staff members at Lismore Base Hospital who had important information, but were not coming forward.

“Staff should clear their consciences and speak,” she said.

Lismore MP Thomas George said he wanted to know why Ms Scholl's complaint against Dr Hasil took so long to be dealt with.

Mr George said he wondered how many other complaints the hospital had failed to deal with.

“The only reason the hospital took action on Ms Scholl's complaint was because of media attention,” he said.

Mr George said he would be seeking a meeting with New South Wales Health Minister John Della Bosca.

“There needs to be a detailed inquiry into the handling of complaints at Lismore Base Hospital,” he said.

A hospital spokesman said the complaints handling system at the time Ms Scholl lodged her complaint was inadequate, but that it had been improved since then.

The hospital has since apologised to Ms Scholl and helped her write her complaint to the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission.

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