9 Feb 2018

Doctor loses name suppression after stillbirth case

From Morning Report, 8:14 am on 9 February 2018

A doctor who was found guilty of professional misconduct after a baby died after he failed to perfrom a caesarean or c-section has lost his name suppression. The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal also found that Dr Stephen Johns failed to respond to concerns raised by the obstetric registrar. The woman involved and her husband, who cannot be named, arrived at North Shore Hospital in October 2011 after her waters broke. Two and half days later her labour was induced when the baby's heart rate started slowing. The tribunal found the baby was delivered stillborn because of Dr John's decisions. RNZ reporter, Sally Murphy, has been following the story.