The minute disgraced former high flying city obstetrician,
Dr. Vince Hanrahan, sees Polly Cotter dead on the labour ward floor,
he knows he’s in big trouble. Again.
The minute disgraced former high flying city obstetrician, Dr. Vince Hanrahan, sees Polly Cotter dead on the labour ward floor, he knows he’s in big trouble. Again.
Vince Hanrahan, a married forty something father of teenage twins, is exiled to far off windy Warrnambool after a medical disaster at an exclusive private Melbourne hospital. One minute big shot specialist, next minute devastated figure in the Coroner’s court. Hero to zero.
He crashes professionally and personally, is all but struck off, and the Medical Board kicks him all the way down the Princes Highway to serve his sentence as a rural GP. Supervised. On notice.
Bitter and twisted and determined to be miserable, Vince rents a dump, lives off takeaways and plans to keep his head down and see out his time before returning to his family and reclaiming his position on the metro specialist pedestal. But then his young patient Polly dies in labour and unless Vince can find out how and why, the Board will come after him again. Only this time there’s no second chance.
Hard Labour is a story about a doctor who crashes and burns then seeks to redeem himself, involving themes of isolation, the travails of medical litigation, crimes to solve and a quest for personal salvation. Plus it’s funny too!