Abuse by health care professional

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I wonder if anyone knows of any groups for people abused by medical professionals. I am originally from Finland, but have also lived long periods of time in the UK and the US. I have now lived in Finland only for a year and before that I lived in Chicago. I was abused by  a doctor at the Oulu University Hospital in Northern Finland when I was given too much fentanyl after falling of a horse and fracturing four ribs in January this year. I was nearly unconscious and a female doctor (ca 50 years old) asked me disgusting sexual questions in front of 9 people and provoked me to talk about sexual things, while I was heavily sedated, nobody would ever discuss with any stranger. Nine people were watching and nobody intervened. Actually on the contrary, two older nurses (a male and a female) urged her to continue and I was abused even more. I have been truly traumatized by this and have been in trauma therapy almost since the day it happened. 

I wonder if anybody knows of any support group or of any people with similar situation to mine that I could talk to. I have not received any proper therapy in Finland and a female psychiatrist just almost dismissed my case (today 2.6.2017) as I was not able to tell her that much. 

Would really appreciate your help as I have noticed that I have the symptoms of PTSD that can be quite severe and that now also have lasted for too long. Talking to other people with similar experiences I think could be of great benefit. 

Hopefully you have time to get in thouch 

Best Liisa 

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    Liiisa

    As this happened in Finland and not the U.K., you need to follow the medical complaints procedure in Finland.

    A quick google search shows you complain to the medical ombudsman who will investigate your complaint.

    Suggest you google medical complaints procedures in Finland. It tells you how to complain, who to complain to and a brief outline of your complaint.

    Good luck, but make sure you stand your ground. Nine medical staff members and one complainant, will be very hard to prove, unless you have a witness who would be prepared to stand up for you

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      Hi Vicky, 

      Thank you for the reply. Yes, I know it will be very hard to prove and this is one of the reasons why I am so desperate. I even know the doctors full name now. But also knowing how these things usually work out in Finland I know that my complaint will be swept under the rug and the hospital will claim that nothing happened. We have the ombudsman as requiered byt he EU law, but several investigations have shown that the decisions always are on the doctors side. Thus it is almost useless to report anything as the officials will almost always lie. This is well know all around the country. Nothing is done about it and too many people are suffering me included. 

      However, thank you for your supporting words, I will do just as you suggested stand my ground even though I in the back of my mind I know what the end result most likely will be. 

       

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