19 Dec 2016

Doctor on leave after claims of drunken abuse

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 19 December 2016

A 22-year-old Gisborne man with cystic fibrosis says a drunk junior doctor verbally abused him during an unscheduled visit to his room at Waikato hospital early on Saturday morning.

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Robert Williams, an apprentice tattoo artist, was in hospital being treated for a lung infection with a 14-day course of antibiotics.

He says a junior doctor working on his case entered his room at around four on Saturday morning.

In a statement provided to RNZ, the Waikato DHB says it "takes allegations of this nature very seriously. We have spoken to this member of staff. He is now on leave. We will be investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident so we can take the appropriate action and offer the necessary support. We would also encourage the patient to talk to us in confidence about this serious complaint, which will help us complete our investigation."