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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Adelaide chiropractor allegedly used hidden cameras to indecently film patients, court hears

ABC, 10 October 2017
Author: Rebecca Opie
“An Adelaide chiropractor accused of using hidden cameras to indecently film hundreds of patients, including children, is a self-confessed sex addict, the Adelaide Magistrates Court has heard.”
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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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Dr Michel Ward – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

HCCC, 25 September 2017
“The Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Michael Ward, a medical practitioner, before a Medical Council Professional Standards Committee. The Complaint related to treatment received by Patient A during his third presentation in several days to the Emergency Department of Mudgee Hospital in January 2015.”
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Sarvestani v State of Queensland (Metro South Hospital and Health Service) [2017] QIRC 085

Decision date: 22 September 2017
“INDUSTRIAL LAW – APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT – Termination of employment ? Dismissal ? Witness evidence ? Serious assault of a patient – Disciplinary process – Mitigation – Were the mitigating factors significant – Was the termination harsh – Termination not harsh, unjust or unreasonable – Application dismissed.”
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Slapping therapist accused of causing boy’s death said Western medicine was poison, court told

SMH, 4 October 2017
Author: Harriet Alexander
“A Chinese “self-healing promoter” accused of causing the death of a six-year-old boy allegedly described Western medicine as “poison” and encouraged diabetics to participate in slapping therapy instead of taking their insulin.”
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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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