|Practitioner:||Dr Grant Dale Jackson|
|Charge Characteristics:|| Lack of
Misled a patient
Inaccurate representation of treatment
Did not inform patient that treatment was unorthodox
|Additional Orders:||Complainant granted name
Doctor granted interim name suppression: 9949dhearpriminlaw
Order giving reasons for name suppression orders above: 9949dhearpriminreasonslaw
Complainant name suppression order made final: 9949dfindingssuplaw
Doctor denied permanent name suppression order: 9949dfindingssuplaw
A charge was brought by the Director of Proceedings which stated Dr Jackson was guilty of professional misconduct in that he manipulated the neck of a patient without obtaining her informed consent. The particulars (after an amendment by the Tribunal) of the charge were as follows:
A female patient who was on holiday and had not previously met Dr Jackson consulted him to have a mole checked. She had a lengthy history of neck and back pain. After discussion with her, and a further discussion with her husband in her presence, Dr Jackson manipulated her neck with her agreement.
The Tribunal found Dr Jackson guilty of conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner and that that conduct reflected adversely on his fitness to practise medicine. It found that he manipulated the patient's neck without obtaining her informed consent in that he:
In the particular circumstances of the case the Tribunal found that Dr Jackson's proven conduct did not meet the test for professional misconduct but that it did constitute conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner which reflects adversely on Dr Jackson's fitness to practise medicine.
The Tribunal considered that particulars iv and v were not established. The Tribunal was not satisfied it was proved that the proposed treatment was an orthodox treatment. It was not satisfied on the facts that the doctor represented that he was one of only two experts in New Zealand qualified in that treatment.
In a Penalty Decision the Tribunal noted that in relation to a consultation which took place in January 1996 the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Committee had also found Dr Jackson guilty of conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner. The background to that finding was that Dr Jackson had manipulated a patient's neck without her consent.
The Tribunal ordered: