Bacchus Marsh doctor escapes ban over baby deaths because of staff shortages

Considered a 'linchpin' in the hospital's current maternity unit, she is one of the few doctors still working there a decade after the hospital hit the headlines
Geir O'Rourke
Bacchus Marsh Hospital: Photo: Newspix.

A doctor accused of misconduct in the aftermath of the Bacchus Marsh baby death scandal a decade ago has avoided suspension because removing her would now have a “catastrophic impact on its understaffed, seriously stretched” maternity unit.

A high-profile Victorian Government investigation originally found that the deaths of at least seven babies at the unit between 2008 and 2015 were preventable.