20 Dec 2017

Midwife worked for friend despite suspension

7:25 pm on 20 December 2017

A Palmerston North midwife's registration has been cancelled after she provided care for a pregnant friend, despite being suspended from practising.

A file photo shows a midwife with a pregnant woman.

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The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal also censured Tracey Goff for acting as a midwife while under suspension.

Ms Goff's licence had been suspended in May 2015 because she was considered a danger until she did more training - which she did not do.

She then acted as midwife to her friend between October 2015 and January 2016.

Ms Goff said she provided advice and care as a friend, not a a midwife, but the Tribunal rejected that argument.

She was also accused of forging another midwife's signature on a form, but was not found guilty of that.

Ms Goff was also censured in May for not properly treating a woman who had pre-eclampsia.