Dr Nirmit Milan Sheth - Unsatisfactory professional conduct

19 Sep 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Nirmit Milan Sheth, a general practitioner, before a Professional Standards Committee (“the Committee”) on 3 August 2017.

The complaint alleged that the practitioner failed to observe appropriate boundaries in relation to Patient A who was also a nurse and work colleague of the practitioner. In particular, the complaint alleged that the practitioner had a sexual relationship with Patient A between July 2013 and September 2013. This part of the complaint was admitted by the practitioner.  The complaint also alleged that the practitioner engaged in inappropriate clinical care in relation to Patient A on two occasions in 2013; failed to observe professional boundaries by treating Patient A in his home with pain killers he obtained from India; and demonstrated poor record-keeping in relation Patients A and B.

Decision

On 17 August 2017 the Committee found that the practitioner failed to observe appropriate boundaries by engaging in a sexual relationship with Patient A between July 2013 and September.  The remainder of the complaint was not found proven. The Committee found the practitioner’s conduct amounted the unsatisfactory professional conduct and made the following orders:

  • Dr Sheth is reprimanded.
  • Dr Sheth must engage in a mentoring relationship for at least a 12 month period.

Further Information 

A copy of the Professional Standards Committee’s decision is here.

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.