Zaphir v Health Ombudsman [2017] QCAT 193

Decision date: 16 June 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – HEALTH PRACTITIONERS REGULATION NATIONAL LAW GENERALLY – where the practitioner was an unregistered health practitioner – where the Health Ombudsman took immediate action by issuing an interim prohibition order in relation to the practitioner under s 68 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (Qld) – where the interim prohibition order prohibited the practitioner from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity which relates to the provision of any health service – whether the Tribunal believes the action is necessary to protect public health or safety.”
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Ten-year ban for steroid-prescribing doctor

Australian Doctor, 27 June 2017
Author: Anthony Scholefield
“A doctor who wrote in his notes “naughty boy wants to get buff by April” when prescribing steroids and stimulants to hundreds of body-builders has been struck off for 10 years.”
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Junior doctor is struck off over false research claims

BMJ 2017; 357: j2637
Author: Clare Dyer
“A junior doctor who was suspended for dishonesty in 2011 has been struck off after making false claims in an abstract for a conference presentation. Harman Mattu, who qualified at the University of London in 2006, told “blatant lies” in an abstract for presentation at an Imperial College clinical education conference, a medical practitioners tribunal heard.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v Saedlounia (No. 2) [2017] NSWCATOD 77

Decision date: 18 May 2017
“Unsatisfactory professional conduct – professional misconduct – medical practitioner no longer registered – Tribunal would have cancelled registration for two years if registered – practitioner disqualified from registration for two years.”
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Colagrande v Health Ombudsman [2017] QCAT 107

Delivered on: 18 and 21 April 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – OTHER MATTERS – where the practitioner was convicted by a jury of sexual assault of a patient – where the practitioner was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 18 months – where the Health Ombudsman took immediate action in relation to the practitioner under s 58 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (Qld) – where the immediate action imposed a condition that the practitioner must not have contact with female patients – whether the Tribunal believes the action is necessary to protect public health or safety.”
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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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