Health Alert (Australia) - September 2 2013


In This Issue:

- Judgments

- Legislation

- Reports

- Excerpt from Judgments:

New South Wales -

28 August 2013 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Dr Malcolm Hughes [2013] NSWMT 15 -

Three complaints were brought by the health care complaints commission (HCCC) alleging unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to a tendon repair surgery carried out by Doctor (Dr) Hughes and his record of that surgery. An allegation of unethical conduct was made regarding the notes of the operation recorded by him.

Following surgery, the junior Dr present raised concerns, believing one end of the tendon had been attached incorrectly. The patient was sent to another hospital for further surgery. When the wound was reopened there was no evidence of sutures from the first operation. The HCCC therefore argued that a proper tendon repair was never performed...

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