NSW hospital patients not told their medical records were found in public areas

ABC, 20 March 2017
Author: Nick Dole
“NSW hospital patients have had their confidential details compromised on multiple occasions, including medical records being found in a public carpark. In many cases, patients were never informed because the Health District said there was not a “serious risk of harm”. The Central Coast Local Health District recorded more than 30 privacy breaches in 2014/15, and in 2015/16 there were 16.”
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Arnold v Matsias [2017] NSWSC 173

Decision date: 06 March 2017
“The plaintiff alleges that the defendant had a duty of care to exercise reasonable skill and care in providing physiotherapy management, treatment and advice and that the defendant needed to provide precautions and advice prior to, during and subsequent to the treatment. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant failed to take reasonable precautions against the risk of harm.”
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(Re)disclosing physician financial interests: rebuilding trust or making unreasonable burdens on physicians?

Med Health Care and Philos (2017).
Author: Daniel Sperling
“Recent professional guidelines published by the General Medical Council instruct physicians in the UK to be honest and open in any financial agreements they have with their patients and third parties. These guidelines are in addition to a European policy addressing disclosure of physician financial interests in the industry. Similarly, In the US, a national open payments program as well as Federal regulations under the Affordable Care Act re-address the issue of disclosure of physician financial interests in America. These new professional and legal changes make us rethink the fiduciary duties of providers working under new organizational and financial schemes, specifically their clinical fidelity and their moral and professional obligations to act in the best interests of patients.”
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Tribunal reprimands pharmacist for unprofessional conduct

AHPRA, 2 March 2017
“The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) has reprimanded pharmacist Mr Hayden Swan and imposed conditions on his registration after finding he engaged in unprofessional conduct by inappropriately dispensing Sustanon 250 (testosterone) to a patient.”
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Medical Board of Australia v Alkazali (Review and Regulation)

Date of order: 28 February 2017
“The Tribunal has previously determined that the Respondent’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct involving serious breaches of the ‘Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia’ and the Medical Board of Australia’s ‘Sexual Boundaries: Guidelines for doctors’, including a serious failure to maintain appropriate professional boundaries; sexualised behaviour; improper advice to a patient; and misleading and deceptive communications with the Medical Board of Australia (Board).”
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Dentist sues patient for defamation over online review

The Age, 29 January 2017
Authors: Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago
“A prominent Melbourne dentist has taken defamation action against a patient who posted a scathing online review after claiming he was quoted $1200 for a filling that would take only 45 minutes. The dispute is not the first occasion a Melbourne medical practitioner has taken issue with an online review and called in the lawyers.”
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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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