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Former Lismore obstetrician Roman Hasil was found ‘unfit to practise’ by the NSW Medical Tribunal yesterday.

Dr Hasil worked as a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at Lismore Base Hospital from 2001 to 2005.

The hearing was largely the result of complaints filed by some 15 women from the area whom he treated during that period.

The tribunal yesterday found Dr Hasil was unfit to practise medicine, primarily because of impairment resulting from a head injury he incurred in 2009 that left him in a coma, together with evidence put to the tribunal of alcohol abuse and record-keeping failures.

The other allegation made by the women, that he was not of good character, was found not to be proven.

Women treated by Dr Hasil at Lismore Base Hospital have alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse by the doctor, who was accused of stitching women without anaesthetic, tying their legs to stirrups and operating without gloves.

Police have previously declined to follow up the women’s complaints, citing lack of evidence.

Dr Hasil ceased practising in 2008 and his name was removed from the register the following year when he failed to pay his fee.

The names of the complainants have been suppressed.

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