Dr David Kang – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

01 Aug 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a medical practitioner, Dr David Kang, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’).  The Commission’s complaint concerned inadequate examination and care during a consultation on 19 June 2014 and a second consultation the following day.  The patient died that evening.  Dr Kang admitted that his conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct.

Decision

On 26 June 2017, the Committee found that parts of Dr Kang’s conduct presented a risk to the health and safety of the public, including his failure to take pulse and blood pressure measurements at both consultations; his failure to consider alternative diagnoses; his failure to order further investigations; and a lack of detail in his medical records.

The Committee:

  • cautioned Dr Kang;
  • ordered that he must complete a medical records course within six weeks; and
  • ordered that he must submit to an audit within three months.

Further Information

A copy of the Professional Standards Committee’s decision is published on the Medical Council of NSW website.

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.