Dr Stephen Prince – no finding of unsatisfactory professional conduct

22 May 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Stephen Prince, an ear nose and throat surgeon, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’) at an inquiry held on 22 & 23 February 2018.

The complaint alleged that Dr Prince threatened to ‘boot out’ an eight-year old boy who was slow to leave the consulting room after Dr Prince had finished examining the boy’s sister and she and the mother were departing. It was alleged that Dr Prince threatened to boot out (kick) the boy if he did not leave, and then did physically kick him on the way out, saying it was just a joke.

It was alleged that Dr Prince: 

  1. Said words to the effect “I’ll count to three and if you’re not out of my room in three, I’ll boot you out. One…two’
  2. Approached the boy from behind and on the verbal count of ‘three’, physically kicked the boy;
  3. At the end of the consultation said in the presence of the mother and the boy, ‘It was only a joke’.

Dr Prince admitted that he used words similar to that described in 1, but denied the conduct described at 2 and 3.

Decision

On 21 March 2018 the Committee found the facts of particular 1 established, but did not find the remaining conduct proven.

The Committee did not find that the conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct.

Further Information

The full decision may be found at Austlii

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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