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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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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Health Care Complaints Commission v CWY [2017] NSWCATOD 6

Decision date: 13 January 2017
“In June 2016, registered nurse, CWY, the respondent in these proceedings, was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. She had been admitted as an involuntary patient at Goulburn Hospital after experiencing an acute psychotic episode. At the time of these proceedings, she was subject to a six months’ community treatment order made by the Mental Health Review Tribunal. The Health Care Complaints Commission (the Commission) has referred two complaints (the Complaints) about CWY to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) for determination. In the Complaints the Commission alleges that on account of her diagnosed condition CWY has an “impairment” and, further, is not competent to practice nursing: see ss 5 and 139(a) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) (the National Law).”
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Syme v Medical Board of Australia (Review and Regulation) [2016] VCAT 2150

Date of order: 20 December 2016
“The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) reviewed the Medical Board of Australia’s (Board) decision to take immediate action against Dr Rodney Syme by imposing a condition that he not provide medical care or engage in professional conduct with the primary purpose of ending a person’s life. The Board considered that action by a practitioner which has the primary purpose of ending a person’s life constitutes a significant departure from accepted professional standards and presents a serious risk to the person, requiring immediate action to protect both the patient and the public.”
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Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7

Date of judgment: 13 January 2017
“By way of a final report (the Final Report), the PSR Committee found that Dr Selia had engaged in “inappropriate practice” as defined in s 82(1)(d) of the Act in connection with providing certain services referred to the PSR Committee for investigation under the Act, including:(1) Dr Selia’s practice of billing Medicare for dental services in advance of their provision; and (2) the provision of dental services by dentists employed by Dr Selia using his Medicare provider number.”
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Zora v St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited [2016] NSWDC 365

Decision date: 22 December 2016
“The plaintiff brings proceedings for negligence against the defendant, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited (“the Hospital”), for injuries suffered to his heart and lungs following the performance of an invasive coronary angiogram (“the procedure”) on 24 October 2015.”
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City Sues Pharma Company Over OxyContin Black Market

Huffington Post, 20 January 2017
Author: Mary Papenfuss
“In the first-ever lawsuit of its kind, a city in Washington has sued a pharmaceutical company for “enabling” the devastating OxyContin black market. The lawsuit by Everett, a city of 100,000 north of Seattle, is claiming that Purdue Pharmaceuticals had evidence that its pills were going to drug traffickers but chose to ignore the situation and failed to inform law enforcement in order to maximize profits.”
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Orthofix to pay $14 million to settle charges it paid off doctors: U.S. SEC

Reuters, 18 January 2017
Author: David Alexander
“Texas-based medical device company Orthofix International NV has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay more than $14 million to settle charges that it improperly booked revenue and paid off doctors in Brazil to boost sales, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.”
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