This is a patient advocacy awareness and rights project established in accordance with the Health and Disability Advocacy Code of Practice. Health consumers, in order to receive informed consent and post-treatment care support for laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) surgery for the treatment of gallstones and gallbladder problems, are to “take their own action to improve health and disability services”. In this instance, we intend to stop New Zealand’s largest on-going health consumer malpractice fraud. This entire fraudulent operation has taken place under the established protection of the HDC, which we believe has taken extraordinary steps to safeguard cholecystectomy surgeons conducting unethical and illegal practices in breach of the legally enforceable Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. As such, New Zealand surgeons are never held to account for their acts and omissions, heath consumer rights repeatedly breached, patients are being harmed
After reviewing the HDC rulings and their published protection statements, District Health Board patient information consent forms and opinions presented by New Zealand surgeons, it is glaringly obvious consent obtained for every patient undergoing gallbladder surgery has been done so illegally
Patient consent has been obtained through coercion, deception and a concealment and misrepresentation of the risks and side effects of the surgery. Patients have been unaware of the risks affecting their quality of life and there has been a failure to provide patients with alternative non-surgical treatment options. In order to maintain the deception, patients are blocked from post-care treatment support equating to gross negligence on behalf of the surgeons.
Under section 240 of the Crimes Act 1961 No 43 (as of 28 September 2017), it is illegal to obtain consent by deception or cause loss by deception. Many patients are discovering too late the loss of their health and wellbeing resulting in a reduced quality of life. There have even been numerous deaths because of a failure to treat side effects.