Dr Daniele Mercurio – Registration cancelled - Professional misconduct

15 Sep 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Daniele Mercurio, a registered medical practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal). The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to the practitioner’s conduct at a cosmetic clinic in Sydney. It alleged that Dr Mercurio:

  • self-prescribed a range of medications over a four year period for his own use;
  • prescribed oxycodone and morphine to Patient A in excess of recognised clinical standards and without the proper authority;
  • prescribed testosterone and human growth hormone to Patient B without an appropriate therapeutic purpose;
  • prescribed diazepam and morphine for Patient C in an inappropriate combination;
  • prescribed morphine and diazepam for Patient D without making further enquiries about drug seeking behaviour; and
  • kept inadequate records regarding all four patients.

The complaint also alleged that Dr Mercurio has an impairment and is no longer competent to practice medicine due to his Parkinsons disease.

Decision

During the hearing on 30 August 2017, Dr Mercurio admitted the complaint. The Tribunal found Dr Mercurio guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. Dr Mercurio’s impairment and lack of competency were also found proven. The Tribunal cancelled Dr Mercurio’s registration.

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.