Dr David Kingston – Disqualified from registration for Professional misconduct

22 Mar 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against medical practitioner, Dr David Robert Kingston, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). Dr Kingston has both a medical and pharmacy degree.

The complaint related to care and treatment provided to a person, Patient A between 2006 and 2013 with whom he had developed a personal and sexual relationship after hiring his services as a sex worker in 2006. During a short period between 2006-2007, Dr Kingston lived with Patient A who did not have regular employment, and provided support by way of accommodation and money. Patient A had significant medical issues including bipolar disorder type II, borderline personality disorder and possible schizophrenia as well as ongoing and serious mental and social difficulties relating to drug addiction. 

The complaint alleged that Dr Kingston:

  • inappropriately prescribed an extensive range of medications to Patient A in circumstances where he had an ongoing personal and sexual relationship
  • failed to keep any medical records for Patient A
  • inappropriately self-prescribed a range of medications.

Dr Kingston surrendered his registration in January 2016 and elected not to give evidence at the hearing.

Decision

On 12 March 2018 the Tribunal found that Dr Kingston was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that Dr Kingston’s inappropriate prescribing for a person with whom he was engaged in a sexual relationship with over a number of years amounted to a defect in character demonstrating a total disregard of his professional responsibilities. The Tribunal also noted that Patient A is a particularly vulnerable person given his lengthy and complex history of mental illness. 

The Tribunal made the following protective orders:

  • If Dr Kingston were still registered as a medical practitioner, the Tribunal would have cancelled his registration;
  • Dr Kingston is disqualified from being registered as a medical practitioner for a period of three years.

 

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.