Health Care Complaints Commission v Liu [2017] NSWCATOD 18

Decision date: 27 January 2017
“The Respondent is a practitioner of Chinese medicine registered under the National Law. The enquiry is into an application and complaint against the Respondent made in accordance with sections 39(2) and 90B(3) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 and section 145A of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (“The National Law”).”
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One third of ICU doctors bullied, survey finds, prompting crackdown by College of Intensive Care Medicine

SMH, 29 January 2017
Author: Kate Aubusson
“The College of Intensive Care and Medicine (CICM) has moved to stamp out bullying, discrimination and harassment in ICUs. The college surveyed almost 1000 fellows and trainees and found one third reported being bullied in the past two years. A total of 12 per cent report they had experienced discrimination and 3 per cent reporting being sexually harassed.”
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Views on mandatory reporting of impaired health practitioners by their treating practitioners: a qualitative study from Australia

BMJ Open 2016; 6:e011988
Authors: Marie M Bismark, Ben Mathews, Jennifer M Morris, Laura A Thomas, David M Studdert
“Since 2010, health practitioners in Australia have had a legal obligation to notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if they have a reasonable belief that another health practitioner has practiced while intoxicated, engaged in sexual misconduct, significantly departed from professional standards or placed the public at risk of substantial harm because of an impairment. The purpose of the legislation is to protect the public, by ensuring that practitioners practice in a competent and ethical manner. Controversially, the mandatory reporting duty extends to practitioners who provide clinical care to an impaired practitioner, such as a psychiatrist who treats an anaesthetist with a substance use disorder or a neurologist who cares for a general practitioner with dementia. Such ‘treating practitioners’ and ‘practitioner-patients’ form the focus of this study.”
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Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves?

The Conversation, 24 November 2016
Authors: Eleanor Milligan, Liz Fitzmaurice
“Medical students are practising invasive clinical procedures on themselves and fellow students at home as well as at medical school, a recent New Zealand study has confirmed. The issue raises questions about the ethics and safety of this so-called self-practice, and the pressures that might lead medical students to undertake it.”
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US transplant study may have violated federal rules

BMJ 2016; 355: i5956
Author: Michael McCarthy
“A large study assessing whether inducing hypothermia in brain dead organ donors would affect graft function in recipients of kidney transplants may have violated federal regulations by not considering the organ recipients as human participants, an investigation has found. The investigation was conducted by the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research Oversight.”
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Complaints about health practitioner board decisions double in the past year

SMH, 6 November 2016
Author: Daniel Burdon
“That doubling of complaints triggered the small National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner’s office to appoint a new “complaints liaison officer” to help address “the increasing complaint and inquiry workload”.
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Health officials told of hospital chemotherapy concerns three months earlier, inquiry hears

SMH, 31 October 2016
Author: James Robertson
“Senior health officials were first told of a review into the treatment of chemotherapy patients at St Vincent’s Hospital three months before the Health Minister said she became aware of concerns an oncologist had dispensed low or “off-protocol” doses of cancer medication, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.”
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We mustn’t stop doctors in the UK giving us a dose of the truth

The Guardian, 28 October 2016
Author: Ann Robinson
“It was reported this morning that surgeons are to be advised to take a radical new approach to how they interact with patients. From now on, they will be told to spell out the consequences of all procedures and treatments that might be relevant to a particular patient – including those they would not personally recommend – before leaving it up to them to decide a course of action.”
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