Midwife gets off lightly

The Herald reports:

A midwife has been found guilty of professional misconduct after admitting to having sex with her client’s partner during an affair that lasted for at least five months.

It is hard to think of a worse breach of ethics and professionalism for a midwife. The sense of betrayal to the client/mother would be unimaginable.

The New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal found the midwife guilty of misconduct and malpractice.

The director of proceedings accepted the midwife’s name should not be removed from the register because of her remorse and rehabilitation efforts.

I’m amazed that she is still allowed to be a midwife. What does it take to actually get struck off?

The director also noted that usually a suspension of nine to 12 months would be warranted but was not necessary because the midwife had removed herself from practice for five months.

So not even suspended.

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