"Is that a heart machine?" gasped the women, twisting her head to look. She was momentarily blinded as an overhead light was switched on, seemingly focused on her face. She was dimly away of a masked figure standing behind it, snapping on rubber gloves.
"Just answer the questions please", said the shadowy figure.
" Have you been asked to do anything sexual that you didn't wat to do?"
" Has anybody hurt or threatened you?
" Have you ever felt controlled or always criticised?"
" Would you like us to remove your children for their own safety"
"What do you mean?" asked the women. "What's this machine?" "Why aren't you treating me?"
"It's a lie detector machine. Now answer the question. Nurse, if she resists, administer the Sodium Pentathol"
Related Link: Women to be interrogated during routine hospital admissions
All women entering New Zealand public hospitals will be questioned about whether they or their children have been victims of family violence - even if they are merely seeking treatment for an ingrown toenail.
Whilst in hospital women will be asked these three questions to see if she may have been abused:
* Has anybody hurt or threatened you?
* Have you ever felt controlled or always criticised?
* Have you been asked to do anything sexual that you didn't wat to do?
Health Minister Pete Hodgson and other ministers are expected to announce the radical move tomorrow in an attempt to clamp down on the country's appalling record of child abuse and other domestic violence.