Doctor's identity remains secret for two more weeks

2:53 pm on 15 January 2016

Name suppression for a doctor charged with stupefying and indecently assaulting patients has been lifted, but will not be known for at least two weeks.

The doctor, who worked in Hawke's Bay and faces 13 charges, appeared in the Napier District Court this morning.

Judge Tony Adeane ruled the application for continued suppression did not meet the very high standard required but allowed two weeks before the name was revealed.

However, that ruling may yet be challenged in the High Court.

At a hearing late last year the doctor, who's in his 40s, entered a not guilty plea through his lawyer.

He has surrendered his passport but was still practising under close supervision.

The Medical Council tried to suspend him but the district court allowed him to work under certain conditions.