Dr Nauman Khan – Stage 1 – Professional misconduct

24th January 2019

Dr Nauman Khan  – Stage 1 – Professional misconduct.

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) against Dr Nauman Khan, a registered medical practitioner. The complaint alleged Dr Khan was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to:
• Boundary violations involving inappropriate text messaging and phone contact with nine female patients, including vulnerable female patients who suffered from a variety of mental health issues. The period of the alleged inappropriate phone contact spanned from approximately June to September 2015.
• Inappropriately touching of a patient during a breast examination
• Prescribing a number of drugs without clinical justification.
• Inappropriate Medicare claims.

On 2 January 2019 the Tribunal published its Stage 1 decision and found Dr Khan guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal found most of the particulars proven. The Tribunal noted that it was “unethical, and improper, for [Dr Khan] to make contact with female patients, most of whom have been treated by him for depression, anxiety or for other mental health issues”. The Tribunal found Dr Khan’s conduct most egregious given that he had come into contact with all of these women through his position as a general practitioner.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

Stage Two Hearing
The proceedings have been adjourned to a date to be fixed to determine the protective orders.

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.