A chiropractor has been discovered to have entered an Australian maternity hospital without asking for permission from hospital authorities.
Chiropractor Grant Bond claimed that he entered the hospital with no ill wishes. He went to the Wollongong Private Hospital to check a newborn baby and help him with “his first poo.” He uploaded a picture on Facebook in April where he was with the newborn and his mother. This act undertaken by the chiropractor has invited criticism from medical practitioners who said they are fed up of these chiropractors who were disturbing their profession.
“It was an awesome experience checking [the baby’s] spine for the first time,” Bond wrote in the post, which has since been removed after complaints from the practitioners. “As I gently laid my hands on his spine, without even waking, he did his first poo!” he said as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Wollongong Private Hospital’s Chief Executive David Crowe complained that Bond entered the hospital without the permission of the hospital or the doctors. Requesting for permission from authorities before entering an institution is necessary for chiropractors, but Bond did not follow the regulations. Crowe believed that the chiropractor entered the hospital as a visitor.
According to reports, an official complaint has been made against Bond to NSW health watchdog Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA). The Chiropractor Board of Australia confirmed that it was investigating the matters associated with chiropractors against whom the complaints have been received. It is still unclear where the photograph posted on FB was taken. “There are no excuses. All chiropractors must meet the requirements of the law and if they refuse we can take disciplinary action or be prosecuted,” the Daily Mail quoted the board’s spokesperson as saying.
Recently, another complaint has been filed against Melbourne chiropractor Bianca Beaumont after a similar incident where she posted a photograph online with a newborn in a hospital.