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Probe into drunk doctor's bedside visit

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016 Sean Martin

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Waikato Hospital doctor who allegedly drunkenly abused a cystic fibrosis patient during an early morning visit has gone on leave and the hospital is urging the complainant to talk to them.

The unnamed doctor entered Robert Williams' room about 4am on Saturday and the patient recorded the incident on his phone.

The doctor called him a faggot, accused him of swearing at other staff and creating work, according to a transcript.

"Clearly he shouldn't be a doctor if he finds it so hard dealing with one case," Mr Williams told Fairfax.

In a statement, Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray says they are taking the situation very seriously.

It has spoken to the doctor and he was now on leave.

"We will be investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident so we can take the appropriate action and offer the necessary support," Dr Murray said.

"We would also encourage the patient to talk to us in confidence about this serious complaint, which will help us complete our investigation."

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