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Surgeon’s wife seeks apology

11 August 2017 By ASMS

The wife of a Dunedin urologist has written an emotional letter to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman demanding an apology for calling the department “toxic”.

Dr Latika Samalia’s letter says her husband sacrificed parts of their family life to run the southern urology service.

Dr Samalia viewed the comment as an insult to her husband, Kampta, who is also known as KP.

Faced with questions about the poor performance of the urology service, including cancer patients waiting too long for surgery, Dr Coleman labelled the department “toxic” and has refused to withdraw the comment.

“I … would like to let you know what my family has been through while my husband worked constantly for Otago and then Southern DHB for 25 years,” says Dr Samalia’s letter, which is copied to media and MPs.

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