|Charge Characteristics:|| Inadequate communication.
Inadequate note taking
Failure to ensure a specimen examined
Failure to do a physical examination
Failure to refer
|Additional Orders:||Granted application for private hearing
Doctor granted interim name suppression: 9711chearpriminlaw
Doctor granted permanent name suppression: 9711cfindingslaw
The CAC charged that the Doctor was guilty of conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner which reflects adversely on his fitness to practise medicine. It charged that between 15 April and 27 April 1996 the Doctor failed to take any or proper steps to diagnose the condition of and/or prescribe adequate care and treatment for his patient who subsequently died on 27 April 1996. The specific allegations were:
The Tribunal found that the Doctor was not guilty of conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner which reflects adversely on his fitness to practise medicine.
The Tribunal noted that in this case the Doctor was faced with a complex, even puzzling case. It considered that there were shortcomings in relation to some aspects of the Doctor's clinical management of this case (brevity of his clinical recordings and measured pursuit of a diagnosis after his initial "query UTI" diagnosis became untenable) and his communication with the patient's family. The Tribunal was not satisfied that those shortcomings, either collectively or individually, constituted such a departure from acceptable professional standards as to warrant the sanction of a finding of conduct unbecoming.