Doctor becomes victim of alleged police brutality

A residential medical officer (RMO) from the Port Moresby General hospital was allegedly attacked by police officers on Wednesday night.

The medical fraternity in Port Moresby have come out expressing their frustration on social media over the way their colleague was treated.

Dr Newman Berry is an RMO at the Gynecology & Obstetrics Department based at POMGen.  He was attacked on his way home and sustained head and facial injuries.   

His colleague and a senior medical officer at the hospital, Dr Sam Yockopua said members of the National Doctors Association intend to meet on Monday to come up with an action plan.  They will be demanding an apology and the apprehension of the alleged perpetrators.    

“They are supposed to be protecting us. There are better ways of dealing with people,” Dr Yockopua told Loop PNG today.

“It’s very frustrating when we hear of such cases especially on health workers trying to look after sick people,” he added.

At the time this report was filed, Dr Yockopua said police are awaiting a formal report to be laid for investigations to commence.

Meanwhile NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi told Loop PNG his office is aware of the incident and that they are waiting for that report to be filed.

Sally Pokiton