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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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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Diabetologist and former journal editor faces charges of data fabrication

BMJ 2017; 356: j1348
Author: Clare Dyer
“At a four week hearing of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service that opened on 13 March, the GMC accuses Grant of a catalogue of research misconduct, including forging the signatures of coauthors, listing doctors who had not significantly contributed to papers as coauthors, and fabricating data.”
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