Posted on 07 Feb 2019
Leading class action lawyers Slater and Gordon said today’s explosive report by barrister Gail Furness confirmed the NSW health system had failed miserably to protect dozens of women injured by rogue doctor Emil Gayed.
Slater and Gordon's specialist Class Actions team is advising the women who were harmed as a result of the litany of failures brought to light in today’s report.
Slater and Gordon Practice Group Leader Andrew Baker said: “As laid bare by today’s independent report, the damage caused by Dr Gayed was entirely avoidable. Red flags were regularly and repeatedly raised but insufficient action was taken, allowing him to move around the NSW health system with problems arising at each and every new place of employment,” Mr Baker said.
“The concerns about Dr Gayed's poor eyesight and ability to safely practice medicine were first raised almost two decades ago. That it has taken this long for these issues to be recognised is scandalous.
“Over that period, he operated with effectively no oversight, and it appears that the system that is meant to protect the public comprehensively failed in fulfilling its responsibilities. The report demonstrates that the complex and multi-layered system of regulation and oversight that applied in NSW failed – catastrophically in some cases.”
Mr Baker said hundreds of women had endured traumas including the unnecessary removal of organs, unnecessary or wrong procedures performed, suffered from perforations of organs and dealing with institutional reluctance to transfer patients.
“Dr Gayed was found to have been practicing medicine with poor eyesight, was found to have engaged in unprofessional conduct, had conditions imposed on his medical registration, was effectively terminated from three hospitals and still, somehow, managed to practice within the NSW health system,” Mr Baker said.
“The health system, despite the seriousness of these concerns, failed to take adequate action to protect Dr Gayed’s patients.”
“We are investigating all options to ensure these women are not left to bear the cost of what they have been through. It is critical that those responsible be held to account,” he said.
To find out more about Slater and Gordon's potential Class Action against Dr Gayed, visit here.