A surgeon sexual harassment scandal has hit the Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Brisbane.
Metro North has launched an investigation as a result of serious allegations made against a surgeon.
According to a report in The Brisbane Times, multiple bullying and harassment allegations have been made against the senior clinician.
Additionally, he is also accused of medical incompetence.
Metro North management emailed staff warning the scandal will attract media attention and reminded them not to publicly comment.
Allegations against the surgeon
The surgeon is a senior general laparoscopic specialist and currently works at both public and private hospitals.
Colleagues allege he touched a nurse “between the buttocks” and texted her with requests for sex.
Furthermore, he allegedly asked the woman to give him oral sex in an operating theatre.
He allegedly made derogatory comments including, “you’re too fat to get pregnant” to a colleague having fertility issues.
Another whistleblower alleges the surgeon whispered in their ear, “You operate like a retard, don’t you?”
Additionally, another colleague claims botched surgery conducted by the doctor left two patients with serious complications.
The opposition health spokesperson tabled a number of letters detailing the complaints in state parliament.
As a result, they have been referred to the Metro North HHS integrity unit by Health Minister Steven Miles.
What the experts say
Christiaan van Oeveren from Discrimination Claims says the allegations are disturbing.
“If these reports are proven to be true, then this sort of conduct is not only inappropriate, it is also unlawful,” he said.
“Workers should never make comments or send messages to colleagues that are sexual in nature, even if they think it’s just a joke.
“And that applies whether you’re a factory worker, or a top hospital surgeon – sexual harassment laws apply to everybody.”
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