Dr Jawahar Thomas - Professional Misconduct found by the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal

26 June 2015

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Jawahar Thomas, a general practitioner, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct concerning Dr Thomas’s prescribing of drugs of addiction and restricted substances, as well as his clinical record keeping, in relation to seven patients several of whom were drug dependent. Dr Thomas was in practice as a general practitioner operating and working at four medical centres at Windsor, The Ponds, Annangrove and Galston, NSW.

Decision 

On 24 June 2015, the Tribunal found professional misconduct proved in relation to: 

  • inappropriate prescribing practices including failure to properly assess patients and failure to seek appropriate specialist advice

  • prescribing inappropriately to an employee

  • inadequate record keeping 

Dr Thomas admitted to this conduct and that it constituted professional misconduct.

The Tribunal was not satisfied that Dr Thomas truly understood the significance of the errors demonstrated by his past conduct, the risk they represented to the health and welfare of his patients and the implications for public safety, and public confidence in the practice of medicine. The Tribunal found that he had not taken any steps of significance to improve his professional understanding. It found that his uncritical approach to dealing with most of the patients the subject of the complaint was driven by his desire to build a practice, generate income and move patients through quickly.

The Tribunal ordered that the registration of Dr Thomas be cancelled and that he is not permitted to apply for reinstatement of his registration for a period of 12 months. 


Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

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.