Dr Stephen Morris - Caution

31 Mar 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Morris, an obstetrician and gynaecologist concerning his management of a pregnant patient in his rooms in Sydney in 2012.  The patient’s child was delivered still born in her third trimester approximately a week after she saw Dr Morris.

Decision

In its decision on 24 February 2017, the Professional Standards Committee found that at his consultation with the patient after her stillbirth, Dr Morris did not provide counselling or refer the patient for counselling; he did not discuss recent test results and he did not arrange a further consultation to discuss the full post mortem results.  The Committee also found that Dr Morris did not keep the patient’s antenatal records and that his record keeping of the consultations was deficient according to the regulations.

The Committee found that only Dr Morris’ record keeping failures amounted to Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct.  The Committee cautioned Dr Morris and ordered him to undergo a records audit of his practice.


Further Information

The Committee’s decision can be found at the Medical Council of New South Wales’ 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.

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