Dr Anthony Fong – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

29 Nov 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against former GP Dr Anthony Fong before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’). The complaint concerned his breach of professional boundaries on 29 May 2017 with a patient in his Penrith rooms, specifically that Dr Fong:

  • as part of a chest examination, inappropriately undid the patient’s bra for her without asking her to undo it, without checking if she required assistance, and without first explaining why he made the request;
  • made a series of inappropriate remarks and questions to the patient, including asking her if she was single, commenting on her physical appearance, asking her for her personal details and whether he could give her a call (with the intention of inviting her to his house);  
  • was deficient in his record keeping of the consultation.

Dr Fong elected not to give oral evidence before the Committee but admitted to key parts of the above allegations.

In its decision on 22 November 2019 the Committee found the complaint proved and that the conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct.  Whilst Dr Fong was not registered at the time of the decision but in light of the conduct and noting Dr Fong’s previous complaint from 2007, the Committee ordered that should Dr Fong ever be registered again, he is to be reprimanded, practice under conditions (including supervision), and undertake psychiatric therapy.

A copy of the Committee’s 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.

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.