Dr Rajen Ragavan – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

22 May 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Rajen Ragavan, a rehabilitation specialist, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). The complaint alleged that Dr Ragavan was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct regarding his care and treatment of ten patients in Taree. The complaint included allegations that Dr Ragavan:

  • failed to conduct adequate assessments
  • inappropriately prescribed opioids
  • failed to respond to drug seeking behaviour, and
  • kept poor medical records.

Decision

On 10 May 2018 the Tribunal found that the conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and identified several shortcomings:

  • Dr Ragavan did not adopt the holistic approach expected of a rehabilitation specialist;
  • Dr Ragavan’s knowledge and skills regarding opioids, recognition of drug dependence and prescribing limitations required improvement;
  • Dr Ragavan failed to: elicit comprehensive medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, formulate diagnoses and keep adequate records; and
  • Dr Ragavan did not properly advise patients or enquire about their prior drug use as expected of a consultant.

The Tribunal ordered that:

  • Dr Ragavan is formally reprimanded;
  • Dr Ragavan must complete educational courses on opioids and pain management;
  • Dr Ragavan is prohibited from prescribing Schedule 8 drugs until he has completed the educational courses; and
  • Dr Ragavan must submit to an audit of his medical records.

 

Further Information

The full decision is available online 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.