Dr A N Hussain Ahmed – Professional misconduct and conditions placed on registration

24th January 2019

Dr A N Hussain Ahmed – Professional misconduct and conditions placed on registration.

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr A N Hussain Ahmed before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that between October 2011 and November 2015, whilst working as a general practitioner at the Campbelltown Medical and Dental Centre, Dr Ahmed inappropriately prescribed Schedule 4D and Schedule 8 drugs of addiction to seven patients. The complaint alleged that Dr Ahmed:
• Failed to conduct appropriate assessments before prescribing.
• Prescribed incorrect dosages.
• Failed to adhere to legislative requirements.
• Prescribed to drug dependant patients.

The complaint also alleged poor record keeping and self-prescribing.

On 21 December 2018, the Tribunal found the practitioner guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that Dr Ahmed’s lack of knowledge and adherence to the statutory and regulatory provisions and important practice guidelines relating to the prescribing of Schedule 4D and Schedule 8 drugs of addiction demonstrated a recklessness in the practice of medicine. The Tribunal imposed comprehensive conditions upon Dr Ahmed’s registration. Those conditions include that Dr Ahmed:
• Not be allowed to prescribe Schedule 4D or Schedule 8 drugs of addiction, or prescribe for self-medication
• Is to practise under supervision
• Engage in mentoring
• Be subjected to both regular assessment and random audits of his medical records.
• Undertake further education and training in ethics and pain management.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

 

Further Information

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.