Mr Daryl Chamberlain – Disqualified for professional misconduct

09 Aug 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Daryl Chamberlain, a former general practitioner, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”).  The complaint alleged that Mr Chamberlain had engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct in relation to inappropriate prescribing, poor clinical care and poor record keeping in relation to a patient who died of an overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Prior to the hearing, Mr Chamberlain voluntarily surrendered his registration and consented to all protective orders sought by the Commission.

Decision

On 9 August 2017, the Tribunal found the complaint proved. Having regard to factors including Mr Chamberlain’s admissions, the expert’s strong criticism, the duration of the conduct and the very grave consequences for the patient, professional misconduct was also proven.
The Tribunal made the following protective orders:

  • If Mr Chamberlain were still registered as a medical practitioner, the Tribunal would have cancelled his registration.
  • Mr Chamberlain is disqualified from being registered as a medical practitioner for two years.
  • The National Board is requested to record the fact that the Tribunal would have cancelled the respondent’s registration in the National Register kept by the Board.

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.