A New South Wales obstetrician who was found unfit to practice 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 practice medicine since February when he was declared by the NSW Medical Tribunal in Sydney to be unfit, and found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.
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, including caesarean procedures.
This followed earlier findings of serious malpractice by a New Zealand inquiry, which found that Hasil had botched a number of sterilisation procedures while drunk on duty.
But during another tribunal hearing today to determine whether Hasil should be suspended or permanently deregistered, the Croatian-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."
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, Hasil told Fairfax Media he wanted to work again.
"Yes, that's my job, I want to do it," he said.
Fairfax revealed in July that Hasil attempted to start doing surgery again at a private Sydney hospital, despite the fact that he had been found unfit to practice.
Counsel for the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, Sarah McNaughton, SC, said Hasil should be disqualified from practicing until he met certain conditions.
These included undertaking rehabilitation for alcoholism and mental health issues, and undertaking a neurological assessment to determine the ongoing impact of a serious head injury Hasil sustained while drunk.
The tribunal reserved its decision.