Health Care Complaints Commission v Simonson [2017] NSWCATOD 87

Decision date: 1 June 2017
“Medical practitioner – allegations of professional misconduct concerning five patients – requirement for documentation and recording of matters under Regulation – failure to document not for resuscitation direction – inappropriate conduct in the course of a difficult birth delivery-failure to transfer very ill child for specialist treatment in a timely manner – held constitutes in the aggregate professional misconduct.”
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Malpractice should be investigated proactively and holistically to identify underlying causes

BMJ 2017; 357: j2510
Author: Simon R Peck
“I question what a public enquiry into the Paterson case will achieve. The facts are already in the public domain, and the theme of institutional failure to act effectively is familiar to us all. Much more useful, in my view, would be a review of how healthcare is regulated and how concerns might better be handled in future.”
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California Has A Deadly Problem With Regulating Naturopathic Doctors

Forbes, 24 April 2017
Author: Britt Marie Hermes
“Since there is no “naturopathic standard of care,” a point that the committee acknowledged in 2009 and that critics of the regulation of naturopathy have noticed too, naturopathic expert reviewers must make ad hoc determinations that are likely to deviate from the medical consensus and fail to establish lasting precedent. For some influential naturopathic doctors, the standard of care includes anything taught in naturopathic school or done by two or more practitioners.”
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Kaye v Psychology Board of Australia (Occupational Discipline) [2017] ACAT 27

Date of orders: 18 April 2017
“OCCUPATIONAL DISCIPLINE – psychologist – immediate action – matters to be satisfied – Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (ACT) section 156 – nature of appeal from board – Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (ACT) section 199(h).”
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A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

The Conversation, 20 April 2017
Author: Ron Paterson
“In a recent independent review, I recommended chaperones no longer be used as an interim protective measure to keep patients safe while allegations of sexual misconduct by a doctor are investigated. The Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA have accepted my recommendations that the current system of using chaperones is outdated and paternalistic. Sadly, cases of sexual misconduct are likely to continue. It’s important patients know the warning signs and where to seek help if they suspect their doctor is behaving inappropriately.”
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Surgeon who operated on wrong vertebrae has no action taken against him

BMJ 2017; 357: j1817
Author: Clare Dyer
“A consultant neurosurgeon who operated on the wrong vertebrae in a patient’s spine then kept his mistake hidden from the patient and his NHS trust has been spared any sanction by a medical practitioners tribunal, despite its finding that his practice was impaired on the grounds of dishonesty.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v DAC [2017] NSWCATOD 48

Decision date: 3 April 2017
“Suppression order – Consideration of effect on doctor’s professional career. When the hearing of the complaints commenced on Monday, 13 March 2017 the Respondent made an application for a non-publication order under the provisions of clause 7 of Schedule 5D to the National Law.”
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Blocked from public health system, drunk doctor finds job at private hospital

SMH, 7 April 2017
Author: Harriet Alexander
“An anaesthetist who abandoned his patient mid-operation and then passed out from intoxication has found new employment at Shellharbour Private Hospital. The doctor who had a history of drinking on the job, has not returned to work at Wollongong Hospital since the incident on its premises in May last year. But the NSW Medical Board allowed him to continue practising under certain conditions”
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