Dr Anil Mathad – Stage 1 - Professional misconduct
21 Feb 2018
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Anil Mathad, a general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to Dr Mathad’s inappropriate conduct towards four female patients and two female colleagues. The complaint also alleged that Dr Mathad had been convicted of criminal offences in NSW, namely common assault and stalk/intimidate and that by virtue of his conduct overall, he was not a suitable person to practise the profession of medicine.
The conduct complained of included:
- Sending inappropriate text messages of a personal nature to Patient A;
- Making inappropriate comments and touching the breasts of Patients B and C and D without clinical reason;
- Showing topless photographs and making comments of a sexual nature to Person E; and
- Sending approximately 120 text messages, of a sexual and otherwise inappropriate sexual nature to Person F.
Dr Mathad denied most of the allegations of inappropriate conduct. He also denied that his conduct amounted to professional misconduct and that he was not a suitable person to practise medicine.
In its decision of 16 February 2018, the Tribunal found the vast majority of the particulars proven and that Dr Mathad’s conduct amounted to unsatisfactory conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that he had been convicted of offences in NSW and that he is not a suitable person to practise medicine. In its reasons for decision, the Tribunal agreed with expert opinion that Dr Mathad’s conduct showed a pattern of sexual harassment and blatant disrespect for doctor/patient boundaries in situations of power imbalance and noted that he did not demonstrate any real insight or understanding of the effect of his conduct on those affected.
The Tribunal ordered that the matter be listed for a Stage 2 hearing in relation to protective orders on 11 April 2018.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.