Dr Rupasenan Karalasingham – Disqualified for Professional misconduct
5 April 2019
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against general practitioner, Dr Rupasenan Karalasingham before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It was alleged that while working at the Gunnedah Hospital emergency department, Dr Karalasingham failed to conduct an adequate assessment of Patients A and B; inappropriately prescribed medication to Patient A; failed to provide adequate advice on discharge to both patients; and failed to keep appropriate records for them and another patient, Patient C. The complaint also alleged that whilst working at the Marrickville Medical Centre, Dr Karalasingham made false claims to Medicare for patients and forged patients’ signatures. It further alleged that Dr Karalasingham breached conditions which had been placed on his registration which limited the number of patients he could see and required the presence of a supervisor at all times.
In its decision of 12 February 2019, the Tribunal found that Dr Karalasingam was guilty of professional misconduct.
The Tribunal found that Dr Karalasingham did not show sufficient insight into his serious misconduct. The Tribunal ordered that if Dr Karalasingham was still registered, it would have cancelled his registration and that Dr Karalasingham is prevented from seeking registration for a period of 18 months.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.