Wangaratta GP sexual abuse shines the light on patient safety

Wednesday 13 June 2018
Bree Knoester and Lauren Freeman

With the Dr Andrew Churchyard matter only recently settled, allegations against Wangaratta GP Dr Stewart Moroney concerning sexual misconduct with female patients has again shone the spotlight on patient safety.

In October 2017, a female patient was examined without the use of surgical gloves and noticed camera equipment in the room. Further alleged victims have now been identified by police.

Dr Moroney faces charges of sexual assault and capturing intimate images and was bailed to face court in September.  He has not practiced since January 2018 and his registration has been suspended.

Bree Knoester, partner at Adviceline Injury Lawyers believes there are similarities between the case of Dr Moroney and Dr Andrew Churchyard – a former neurologist accused of having abused a significant number of patients since 2002.

She said that the independent inquiry into patient safety was a very important step forward, but the case of Dr Moroney demonstrates that there are still significant changes that need to take place to keep patients safe.

Adviceline Injury Lawyers has acted for many victims of sexual abuse, including doctor/patient abuse and historical sex abuse cases. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, and would like legal advice, contact us for a confidential conversation on (03) 9321 9879.

Local lawyer Lauren Freeman regularly meets with clients in the Wangaratta community and can be contacted on (03) 9321 9786.

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