Dr Gregory Robinson – Disqualification for professional misconduct
27 Feb 2018
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against general surgeon Dr Gregory Robinson before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’), in relation to his management of four patients at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.
On 19 October 2017, the Tribunal found that Dr Robinson’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct.
Allegations in relation to three of the patients were found proven as follows:
On 17 February 2015 Patient A was admitted under Dr Robinson with symptoms of vomiting and suspicion of an incarcerated abdominal wall hernia. Dr Robinson performed a laparotomy and bowel resection on Patient A later that day. The Commission alleged that Dr Robinson delayed his review of Patient and that he inappropriately conducted major surgery on Patient A contrary to his agreement with the anaesthetist to limit the surgery, given the patient’s clinical condition.
- On 10 December 2013 Patient C, a 10 year old boy, was admitted under Dr Robinson to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. The Commission alleged that Dr Robinson failed to examine or assess Patient C until the morning of 13 December 2013 and that he inappropriately relied on a first year surgical trainee and resident to examine the patient in his absence.
- On 24 November 2010, Patient D was on the operating table, anaesthetised and intubated with Dr Robinson ready to perform repair of a left inguinal hernia. The Commission alleged that Dr Robinson left Patient D on the operating table intubated without allowing the operation to proceed for some time, and threatened to stop operating on Patient D until another of his patients was admitted into hospital.
The Tribunal also found that Dr Robinson’s record keeping for two of patients was contrary to the required standards. The Tribunal also decided that Dr Robinson had improperly prescribed medications to both himself and his partner.
On 26 February 2018 in its protective orders, the Tribunal determined that Dr Robinson was impaired because of an Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. The Tribunal disqualified Dr Robinson from seeking to reapply for his registration as a medical practitioner for a period of two years, based on “the serious nature of the misconduct…, the uncertainty about whether [Dr Robinson] does possess meaningful insight into his misconduct, the fact that he has not yet commenced undertaking therapy and until very recently has resisted formal therapy with a psychiatrist”.
The Tribunal’s decision can be found on the 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.
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