Sophie Ryan and¬†Brendan Manning report on another sad case where alcohol is in charge
An Auckland doctor training to be an anaesthetist has been censured and suspended from practice after being charged with professional misconduct over her struggles with alcohol.
Dr Rose Streat had to be breath-tested before and during each shift for the Auckland District Health Board after being given a second chance to qualify.
She was allowed to return to the training programme last year after convincing officials she had overcome problems that saw her escorted from an operating theatre at Auckland City Hospital in 2008.
But yesterday, she was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland.
One of the two charges against Dr Streat was laid after it was revealed she had pleaded guilty to driving drunk in August 2012.
The other was a cumulative charge of professional misconduct after she was found to be drinking alcohol despite signing a contract saying she would abstain, to have lied about drinking, failed to disclose the drink-driving charge and failed to engage in the professional conduct inquiry.
Dr Rose is in serious trouble. ¬†Her peers and her profession have bent over backwards to help her, but she even failed on-the-job breath tests coming to work. ¬† Read more »