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Doctor Who Called For Women To Be Raped Suspended For Six Weeks

A junior doctor who worked in Victoria and Tasmania has been suspended for six weeks after making a series of "vulgar" and "disrespectful" comments about women online.

Dr Christopher Kwan Chen Lee, 31, was working as an emergency registrar at Royal Hobart Hospital when he started posting comments in online forums in December 2016.

Some of Lee's comments were listed during a Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal hearing on April 16, including "some women deserved to be raped".

"She needs to be abandoned in India and repeatedly raped in order for her to wake up her idea," he wrote.

In one comment, Lee appears to reference his partner, writing: “If my marriage fell apart, it would not end in divorce. It would end in murder.

Other comments include Lee boasting about his profession and responding angrily to other forum users, with "my qualifications are as genuine as your stupidity".

Lee was employed by the Tasmania Health Service between 2016 and 2018, and later worked in Victoria at Box Hill hospital and La Trobe regional hospital in a similar position.

Chairman Webster noted Lee continued to make comments after he received notice he was being investigated.

In December 2017, Lee referred to a news story about an Egyptian lawyer who was sentenced to three years' jail for saying that women who wear ripped jeans should be raped.

"I'm surprised they didn't give him a medal instead," he wrote.

Webster said Lee admitted to writing and publishing the posts, adding that Lee was "relatively young and inexperienced" at the time, and had a “brash and opinionated bent to his conduct on social media”.

"[Lee] says they were not made in the context of patient care and he has not allowed his views to ever colour his care of patients," Webster said.

The tribunal found Lee had also been subject to previous disciplinary action over accessing Royal Hobart Hospital patient records between July 2015 and December 2016 without consent or clinical need.

In his decision, Webster found Lee's comments were "disrespectful of women", "racially discriminatory" and had "potential to cause harm to the public".

His conduct was found to breach national and common law, and social media policy, as an Australian medical practitioner.

Lee was suspended for six weeks and ordered to undertake "education on ethical behaviour", particularly the use of social media.

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