Dr Ashraf Selim – reprimanded and conditions imposed by Medical Professional Standards Committee

22 November 2011

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Ashraf Selim, a general practitioner, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee. The prosecution related to Dr Selim’s care and treatment of a 17 day old infant patient with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

The Commission argued that in relation to his treatment of the patient, Dr Selim had:

  • prescribed morphine to the infant in circumstances where he had no prior experience
  • failed to consult resources to identify the appropriate dose
  • prescribed 100 times the dose of morphine then being given to the infant
  • failed to facilitate urgent transfer to hospital when the infant presented at his surgery narcotised
  • provided inaccurate information in his referral letter to the hospital

and failed to keep appropriate records in relation to the patient in accordance with the regulations.

In its decision of 11 November 2011, the Committee found most of the particulars of the Commission's complaint proven and that Dr Selim was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee ordered that Dr Selim be reprimanded.

The Committee also imposed conditions on Dr Selim’s registration including that he submit to an audit of his medical records and complete further education in clinical emergency management.

Further Information

The full decision is available on the website of the Medical Council of NSW.

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.