24 Nov 2015

Doctor accused of stupefying patients granted name suppression

12:24 pm on 24 November 2015

A doctor who worked in Hawke's Bay and faces five charges of stupefying and eight charges of indecently assaulting patients has been granted continued name suppression.

The man appeared in the Hastings District Court this morning and his lawyer Eric Forster entered a not guilty plea.

He faces 13 charges of indecent assault on a male aged over 16, and of disabling and stupefying.

Mr Forster told the court the man had surrendered his passport but was still practising under close supervision.

The Medical Council attempted to suspend him from practising but that was overturned by the district court, which allowed the doctor to work with conditions.

The man's former employer in Hastings said he had resigned and no longer worked there.