Statement on SMH article 27.10.20

27 October 2020

In reference to an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald today, "Unbearable grief: parents want answers over their baby's death”, RANZCOG would like to issue the following comments. The article was shared on RANZCOG’s social media platforms and should not have been. That was an error and was not an endorsement of the article, or its contents. We apologise, unreservedly, for this action and references to the article have been taken down from all RANZCOG sites.

The President was contacted by the journalist for comment last week. The journalist did not provide the names of the doctors, nor inform the President that the doctors would be named. The President’s comments were specifically not critical of the doctors or midwives and, instead, called for better education and support for medical staff. RANZCOG does not support naming individual doctors in the media. Particularly in this case, it serves no public interest, and is damaging to individuals, both personally, and professionally. RANZCOG has reached out to the doctors involved and offered our unequivocal support.



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