Dr Walid Kesserwani – Guilty of professional misconduct – reprimand and conditions imposed
26 Jan 2018
The Health Care Complaints Commission (‘HCCC’) prosecuted a Complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) against Dr Walid Kesserwani, a registered chiropractor. The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to Dr Kesserwani’s inappropriate telephone contact with a patient and his inappropriate conduct during the investigation of the complaint, including providing false information to the HCCC.
The complaint alleged that Dr Kesserwani had inappropriate telephone contact with Patient A, both prior to her making a complaint to the HCCC as well as during and after she withdrew her complaint, and that he deleted mobile phone text messages between himself and Patient A, in circumstances where he was aware that Patient A had made a complaint against him.
On 23 October 2017, NCAT published its decision and found Dr Kesserwani guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. In its reasons, the Tribunal stated that “[i]t is essential to the smooth operation of the system of regulation and discipline that practitioners are truthful and candid with their dealings with the regulatory authority”. The Tribunal found “Dr Kesserwani’s failure to be candid and honest with the Commission was a most serious departure from accepted standards”.
NCAT ordered that Dr Kesserwani be reprimanded and that conditions be placed on his registration. The conditions require Dr Kesserwani to undertake mentoring for a period of twelve months and to complete a course on professional boundaries.
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.