NG v Chinese Medicine Board of Australia [2017] NSWCATOD 36

Decision date: 15 March 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – Where health practitioner has appealed against conditions placed on her registration – where the Chinese Medical Board concedes an error in imposing conditions and has caused removal of conditions from the Register maintained by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency –
Whether appeal is frivolous or vexatious or misconceived or lacking in substance – Consideration of objects of Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (NSW) and of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law – whether dismissal of appeal would deny appellant procedural fairness. Where continuation of appeal will not result in a practical outcome.”
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da HORTA -v- PODIATRY BOARD OF AUSTRALIA [2017] WASC 82

Delivered: 24 March 2017
“On about 30 November 2016, the Board notified the applicant that it had decided under s 178 and s 179 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to caution him. The Board gave brief reasons for its action, finding certain failings in the applicant’s treatment of a named patient, including that he should have communicated risks and likely success or failure rates of any proposed treatment more clearly, should have conducted a more through ‘consenting process’, and that his clinical records were inadequate. It stated his professional performance ‘is or may be unsatisfactory’.”
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Psychology Board of Australia v Wilkinson (Review and Regulation) [2017] 378

Date of order: 16 March 2017
“Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 – whether conduct of registered psychologist in refusing to permit on-site audit at his practice and to undergo a performance assessment constituted professional misconduct or unprofessional conduct under the National Law.”
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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Brewer (Review and Regulation) [2017] VCAT 384

Date of order: 17 March 2017
“Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 – ss 5 & 196 – whether convictions in the Magistrates’ Court, in part concerning theft of medications, stalking, intentionally damaging property, aggravated cruelty to animals, burglary, possessing a drug of dependence, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, false imprisonment and intentionally causing serious injury amount to professional misconduct within the National Law – appropriate determinations.”
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Many Doctors Get Payments From Drug Companies

MedicineNet, 21 March 2017
Source: HealthDay News
“Many American doctors receive payments from drug companies, but few patients know about those financial ties, a new study finds. The study found that within the previous year, 65 percent of patients visited doctors who got payments or gifts from drug or medical device companies, but only 5 percent of the patients were aware of those doctor-industry links.”
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Surgery or Drugs? Doctors’ Pay May Influence Choice

NYT, 8 March 2017
Author: Nicholas Bakalar
“Sometimes doctors choose to do surgery not because it is absolutely preferable to other treatments but because they get reimbursed for it, a new study suggests. What we need is a system that incentivizes doctors to be aggressive in treating patients in a timely fashion, but not to create procedures for reimbursement.””
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Betraying the oath: the rot in India’s medical education system

The Hindu, 25 February 2017
Author: Vidya Krishnan
“The Medical Council of India recently barred 32 colleges across the country. Vidya Krishnan reconstructs how one of those, a Bhopal institute, marshalled doctors on hire, fake patients and life-saving equipment on rent for inspection day.”
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