A natural health practitioner who treated a woman with a lesion on her head for 18 months, even though recognising the lesion “looked cancerous”, faces Human Rights Review Tribunal action.
By the time Yvonne Maine sought hospital treatment, the lesion was 10 x 11cm and some underlying bones were damaged, the Health & Disability Commissioner (HDC) said.
Maine was diagnosed with cancer and underwent major surgery but died a year later.
Maine consulted Te Horo iridologist and natural health practitioner Ruth Nelson about the lesion in February 2008. At the time Maine thought the lesion was a cyst.
Despite being aware that the lesion was likely to be cancerous, Nelson did not inform Maine of her opinions about the severity of the condition or that the lesion was worsening during the course of the treatment, the HDC said.
Nelson knew that she had exceeded the limits of her expertise and that Maine needed advice from another practitioner, but she did not appropriately communicate that or discontinue her treatment, and she gave Maine information which accentuated the woman’s fear of conventional treatment.
Tip: Jeff Palmer
This is simply another example of trust placed in a medical practitioner that is NOT a medical doctor. The WORST part is at the end when she made the clinet FEAR conventional treatment. THAT is unethical. To deny someone the full explanation, why the consensus of professionals agrees that certain treatment is preferred, is a grievous mistake and SHOULD be called out. There are far too many of these stories.