Dr Samson Sing Hon Chan – Professional misconduct

4 May 2017

The Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“Tribunal”) against Dr Samson Sing Hon Chan, a registered dentist.  The complaint alleged professional misconduct in relation to his failure to adhere to infection control standards at his practices located in Campsie and Sussex Street, Sydney between December 2014 and March 2015.

On 1 May 2017 the Tribunal found that Dr Chan had engaged in professional misconduct.  The Tribunal found that the breaches were numerous, significant and involved most areas of the practice.  The breaches included the failure to maintain the cleanliness of surgery equipment and lack of appropriate information regarding infection control.  Dr Chan admitted a significant proportion of the complaint.

Decision

The Tribunal took into account that the most recent report of November 2016 that stated “nearly all aspects of infection control [in each practice] appear to be compliant with current standards…” and made the following orders:

  • Dr Chan be reprimanded.
  • Dr Chan must submit to an inspection of every practice within three months of the Tribunal decision and subsequently at a frequency determined by the Dental Council of NSW.
  • Dr Chan must engage in a mentoring arrangement with a registered experienced dental practitioner for at least a 12 month period.

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.