Lake Alice Hospital: Medical Council apologises to survivors of abuse

2021-06-23 11:20:27

The Medical Council has apologised to survivors of abuse within the adolescent unit at Lake Alice Hospital within the Seventies.

Medical Council deputy chief executive Aleyna Hall at the abuse in care inquiry.

Medical Council deputy chief govt Aleyna Corridor says the council is unable to offer causes for the selections made up to now in relation to complaints of abuse.
Picture: Screenshot / Royal Fee of Inquiry into Abuse in Care

The council didn’t act on complaints made to it in previous years in regards to the head of the unit, Dr Selwyn Leeks, and his use of electrical shock therapy as punishment.

It has given an apology on Wednesday on the Royal Fee Inquiry into Abuse in Care in Auckland.

Deputy chief govt Aleyna Corridor stated the council acknowledged the harm skilled by survivors of Lake Alice.

”Apologises for any actions that the Medical Council of the time ought to have taken, however didn’t.

”The Medical Council is sorry.”

Corridor stated because of the size of time that had handed because the complaints had been made and the incompleteness of information, it was unable to offer causes for the selections that had been made up to now in relation to complaints of abuse or in relation to Dr Leeks.

”The council accepts that some complainants have been dissatisfied and upset with these selections and it sincerely apologises for any harm that has occurred consequently,” she stated.

”The present Medical Council of New Zealand has requested me to convey its clear and absolute place that it strongly condemns misconduct by any physician that leads to hurt to the affected person or to the general public.”

Counsel for the fee Andrew Molloy requested Corridor to stipulate precisely what she was apologising for.

She stated it was for not taking the suitable motion.

“If it was at this time there isn’t a manner Dr Leeks could be practising,” Corridor replied.

“Our job is to guard the general public, we aren’t right here to guard docs.

“It was a shortcoming, if you happen to like, of the Medical Council and he ought to haven’t been allowed to proceed to observe.”

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