Dr David Sare – Prohibition of working in hospitals for 2 years for professional misconduct

22nd January 2019

Dr David Sare – Prohibition of working in hospitals for 2 years for professional misconduct.
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal against a general practitioner, Dr David Sare, who worked in Ballina, NSW. The complaint alleged that Dr Sare had:
• Failed to provide appropriate clinical care for four patients while he was a visiting medical officer (VMO) at Ballina District Hospital.
• Breached professional boundaries by treating a patient and her children while maintaining a close personal relationship with the patient.
• Acted unethically in facilitating the sale of a car owned by his elderly in-hospital patient to his daughter.
On 28 November 2018, the Tribunal found the majority of the complaint proven and that Dr Sare was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal made significant adverse findings in relation to the clinical care provided by the practitioner at Ballina Hospital but noted that the conduct occurred over a discrete period. In its protective orders, the Tribunal determined that:
• Dr Sare is reprimanded
• Conditions be placed on Dr Sare’s registration, prohibiting him from working in any NSW public or private hospital for two years
• that Dr Sare has a mentor and,
• he work in a group practice.
The full decision is available at
NSW Caselaw.


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.