Dr Ray Woods – reprimanded and conditions imposed by Medical Tribunal

18 October 2010

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted a complaint against Dr Ray Woods, a general practitioner, before the NSW Medical Tribunal. The complaint fell into four categories:

  • failing to ensure prescriptions for restricted substances and /or drugs of addiction included the names and addresses of the patients
  • deficiencies in record keeping in relation to restricted substances and /or drugs of addiction
  • using Endone for a period in excess of 7 days
  • failing to make contemporaneous records of his treatment of patients in accordance with the relevant regulations.

The Tribunal noted that the aspect of the complaint regarding the inadequacy of the prescriptions 'relates to Dr Woods’ conduct in issuing prescriptions in either his name or the name of the surgery when he should have made them out in the name of the patient.'  The Tribunal also noted that '(i)n these proceedings Dr Woods said in his statement that he had written the prescriptions in the name of the surgery to protect the privacy of his patients.'

In its decision of 15 October 2010, the Tribunal found Dr Woods guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Tribunal reprimanded Dr Woods and imposed conditions on his practice, including that he:

  • not supply, administer or possess any drug of addiction and to notify the Medical Council of NSW if he applied for an authority to prescribe any drugs of addiction
  • to nominate and meet monthly with a professional mentor to review medical records, workload, substance abuse, appropriate prescribing practices and legislative and regulatory requirements that need to be met in proper medical practice
  • submit to an audit, at his premises, of a random selection of medical records
  • successfully complete the Monash University course 'Issues in General Practice Prescribing'.


Further Information

The full decision is available on the website of the Medical Council NSW

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.

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