Dr Andrew Haig – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

29th November 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Andrew Haig, an emergency medicine specialist, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘Committee’).  The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct when on 1 November 2015 Dr Haig provided an intravenous dose of Propofol to his partner (‘Patient A’) for the treatment of migraine when he was employed as a visiting medical officer (‘VMO’) and Head of the Emergency Medicine Department (‘ED’) at the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital (‘Hospital’), but was off duty at the time. Relevant considerations were that :

• Patient A did not have a regular GP and had not consulted a GP about her current symptoms or condition;
• Other suitably qualified medical practitioners were available in the ED to treat patient A;
• The practitioner’s actions were contrary to the NSW Medical Council ‘Guideline for self-treatment and treating family members’ and Part 3.14 of the Medical Board of Australia’s Code of Conduct.

In its decision of 9 November 2018, the Committee found the complaint proven and that the conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee held that it would be regarded by reasonable persons as falling below the standard of conduct to be expected of a medical practitioner in the position of Dr Haig and that such conduct has a tendency to bring into disrepute the profession or to reduce public confidence in the profession and confidence in the competence of staff at the Hospital.

The Committee ordered that Dr Haig be reprimanded.

A copy of the decision is attached.

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.

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