GP who had “wholly inappropriate” relations with patient is struck off

BMJ 2017; 359: j4798
Author: Clare Dyer
“A GP who engaged in a “wholly inappropriate” sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient has been struck off the UK medical register by a High Court judge, after the General Medical Council successfully appealed against a decision to suspend him for 12 months.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v Menz [2017] NSWCATOD 141

Decision date: 29 September 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – health practitioner – whether practitioner not a suitable person to hold registration. PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS –hearing complaint in absence of respondent constitutes a denial of procedural fairness.”
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Hampshire v Medical Council of NSW [2017] NSWCATOD 140

Decision date: 29 September 2017
“On 4 August 2017 delegates of the respondent Medical Council of NSW determined to suspend the registration of the applicant Dr Robert Hampshire as a medical practitioner pursuant to the provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (“the National Law”). Written reasons for their decision were issued by the delegates on 25 August 2017. On 16 August 2017 the applicant instituted appeal proceedings from the decision to suspend his registration, and on the same day filed an application for a stay of the order of suspension. It is that stay application which is the subject of these reasons for decision.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v De Saxe [2017] NSWCATOD 135

Decision date: 12 September 2017
“Medical Practitioner: practitioner engaging in sexual conduct with patients – practitioner prescribing inappropriately for patient – practitioner prescribing for self-medication – practitioner failing to maintain proper records – practitioner failing to communicate with other treating specialists of patient – complaints of unsatisfactory professional conduct constituting professional misconduct established.”
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Oral surgeon whose misconduct was “serious, persistent, and shocking” is struck off

BMJ 2017; 358: j4255
Author: Clare Dyer
“A consultant maxillofacial surgeon who harmed patients by carrying out inappropriate surgery—including using an experimental material to rebuild bone—without obtaining informed consent has been struck off the UK medical register.”
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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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Health Care Complaints Commission v Cheng (No 2) [2017] NSWCATOD 93

Decision date: 16 June 2017
“Medical practitioner – misconduct involved inappropriate examination of female patients for sexual gratification – held unfit to practice medicine for an indefinite period – cancellation of registration – non-review period of 7 years-costs order made.”
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Medical Board of Australia v Adams (Review and Regulation) [2017] VCAT 796

Decision date: 14 June 2017
“Misconduct of medical practitioner – forging signature to patient consent forms – weight of agreed statement of facts and determinations – agreed determination found inadequate – practitioner suspended from practice.”
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