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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests
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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests

The Plaintiff experienced a sudden onset of excruciating pain to her chest radiating to her left arm and was taken to the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department for assessment. While the Hospital’s assessment of the Plaintiff involved a number of aspects, it did not include the administration of a series of blood tests designed to measure the level of a particular protein complex called ‘troponin’ in the blood....

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Continued Suspension not in public interest
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Continued Suspension not in public interest

In April 2019 Julia Wilcock reported on the Tribunal's decision to stay the suspension of the anaesthetist pending his appeal in the matter. Click here to read Julia's post and the background to the case. Last week, the Tribunal delivered its decision on the practitioner's appeal. Click here to read the decision in Hill v Medical Council of New South Wales [2019] NSWCATOD 97. On Appeal, the Medical ...

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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure
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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure

Background On 19 March 2018, Mr Cowie (‘the patient’) underwent a cryotherapy procedure, being the use of liquid nitrogen, to remove some keratosis on his bottom lip (‘the procedure’). The procedure was performed by Dr Quinn. On 6 April 2018, more than 17 days after the procedure, the patient and his wife went on a holiday interstate when he claimed that his lips became very sore, swollen, ulcerated and extremely painful....

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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails
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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails

The plaintiff’s arm had been dislocated by a horse bite. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants each breached their duty of care to her by failing to order imaging to identify a rotator cuff injury, failing to refer her to an orthopaedic specialist, and failing to advise her as to proper care for her shoulder. The plaintiff alleged that by reason of the defendants’ failures, her treatment ...

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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier
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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier

Background Mr Elysee (‘the patient’) was a patient at Bankstown Medical Centre over a period of about 10 years. He had a complex combination of conditions and saw many doctors over that time. During the time when he was attending Bankstown Medical Centre he was diagnosed with diabetes and had a number of other health complaints including high blood pressure and poor renal function. In ...

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So you've received a negative online review...
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So you've received a negative online review...

Google reviews and websites such as RateMD and Whitecoat make it very easy for patients or any person to damage your or your business’ reputation and credibility online. There are a few steps a doctor can take if you receive a damaging online review. For example: You can ask the patient commenting to remove the online comment., You can ask the website administrator to remove the online comment....

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Health Service Investigation Report subject to Judicial Review
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Health Service Investigation Report subject to Judicial Review

The cardiologist was the subject of an investigation for maladministration of an indigenous health program.  The matter was investigated by health service investigators and a report dated 17 August 2018 set out their findings, analysis and relevant enquires undertaken (the Report). In short, the Report insinuated that the doctor had engaged in corrupt conduct through an omission in governance....

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ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA
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ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA

A doctor has been reprimanded and suspended for his comments in online forums promoting violence against woman and racism. Dr Christopher Kwan Lee, who was employed by the Tasmanian Health Service and then worked as an emergency doctor at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria has also been asked to step down from his position while the health district completes its own, separate investigation. Dr Lee ...

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Medical emergencies – is there a doctor on board?
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Medical emergencies – is there a doctor on board?

Last week, a two month old infant died on board an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Perth. The tragic death followed an inflight medical emergency where the distressed baby was soon noticed to be grey in colour and struggling to breathe. The baby was treated immediately upon landing in Perth but was unable to be resuscitated. This very unfortunate incident raises a common question amongst the ...

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Anaesthetist who undertook unnecessary rectal examination succeeds in staying suspension of his registration
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Anaesthetist who undertook unnecessary rectal examination succeeds in staying suspension of his registration

An anaesthetist who undertook a clinically unnecessary rectal examination of an anaesthetised patient at the alleged encouragement of the colorectal surgeon performing the procedure was successful in having the suspension of his registration stayed until his appeal against the suspension is heard in full. Dr Adam Hill’s registration was suspended by the Medical Council of New South Wales on and from 4 March 2019....

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Redetermination of Penalty following Appeal provides similar outcome
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Redetermination of Penalty following Appeal provides similar outcome

On 31 January 2017 the State Administrative Tribunal handed down its initial decision finding that the Doctor’s conduct in relation to a Patient constituted a serious breach of professional boundaries and sexual misconduct. In addition, the Tribunal found that the Doctor’s misleading medical notes on the Patient and his prolonged course of conduct between 18 November 2013 and 15 April 2015, ...

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Dealing with the Professional Services Review Agency
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Dealing with the Professional Services Review Agency

There have also been record increases in the number of referrals made and in the number of services falling under scrutiny in each review. Whereas, traditionally, general practitioners have been the PSR’s primary focus, greater diversity of speciality is a continuing trend with more dentists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, independent midwives and optometrists finding themselves subject to the PSR’s processes in the last year....

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