Doctor gets jail after newborn is disabled

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A ... doctor who caused a newborn ... to suffer serious permanent disabilities was yesterday jailed for a year and fined ...

The doctor was convicted of practicing midwifery without a licence and conducting a delivery though she was not qualified to do so ...

The ... hospital where the doctor worked was fined ... for appointing her and making her work as a midwife though it was known that she did not have a licence. The hospital ... failed to provide first-class healthcare for newborn babies and this caused the girl's complications to grow worse, resulting in the disabilities.

... The newborn suffered complications during the delivery as a result of medical malpractice ... This led to the baby ... suffering ... brain paralysis and quadriplegia.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448