Disgraced doctor says he wants to practise again

A NSW obstetrician who was found guilty of unprofessional conduct after a series of serious complaints by former patients says he has been portrayed as ''worse than Hitler'' and wants to work as a doctor again.

Roman Hasil has not been registered to practise medicine since February when the NSW Medical Tribunal upheld a number of complaints against him.

The 57-year-old had been the subject of at least 15 serious complaints from his time at the Lismore Base Hospital in the state's north from 2001 to 2005, including that he failed to take sufficient notes in relation to numerous births and that he called female patients ''horse woman'', ''whore'' and ''slut''.

Only two of these complaints were upheld and the tribunal met again yesterday to discuss whether Dr Hasil should be allowed to practise medicine again.

During the hearing yesterday the Czech-trained doctor said some of the allegations made against him, particularly in the media, were unfair.

''[From] some of the things on the internet - they will get the idea I'm worse than Hitler,'' he said. ''Well it's not fair.''

Dr Hasil did not make any formal submissions to the tribunal but asked it not to see ''only one side of things. Never things are white and black,'' he said.

''For 30 years I'm a doctor, I can't do anything else … I'm not getting any younger. I'm willing to accept all the decisions that you make.''

Speaking outside the tribunal, Dr Hasil told the Herald he wanted to work again. ''Yes, that's my job, I want to do it,'' he said.

The Herald revealed in July that Dr Hasil attempted to start doing surgery again at a private Sydney hospital, despite the fact that he was not registered.

The doctor contacted the Sydney Private Hospital at Ashfield and asked whether they had any need of a obstetric surgeon to work regular shifts in the operating theatre. The hospital rejected the request after reading previous Herald stories about Dr Hasil's conduct.

Sarah McNaughton, SC, representing the Health Care Complaints Commission, which brought the case against Dr Hasil, said he should be disqualified from being registered as a medical practitioner ''until specific conditions have been complied with''.

The tribunal has previously heard that Dr Hasil had been suffering from alcoholism and a brain injury that resulted from a fall while drunk.

The conditions requested by Ms McNaughton included that Hasil undergo intensive rehabilitation, ''psychological intervention'' and random alcohol testing.

''The case should [then] be referred back to the medical council for a review of his capacity to function,'' she said.

The tribunal reserved its decision.

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