Health Alert (Australia) - May 5, 2014


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New South Wales -

2 May 2014 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Qasim [2014] NSWCATOD 42 -

This was a complaint referred to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal alleging the conduct of a specialist endocrinologist amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. It was also alleged the doctor suffered from an impairment and was not competent to practise professionally. The doctor denied all aspects of the complaint.

The Tribunal found the doctor demonstrated a number of bizarre and abnormal behaviours in the course of her professional practice. She wrote reports and letters to referring general practitioners in which she made adverse comments about other treating practitioners, patients and refused to treat patients. She failed to make referrals when she had told patients that they had been made. Her reports generally lacked clarity in recommendations regarding diagnosis and therapy...

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