Mr Sajeev George Vaniyapurackal - Breach of Code of Conduct - Permanent Prohibition Order

30 July 2019

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (the Commission) conducted an investigation into the conduct of Mr Sajeev George Vaniyapurackal (also known as Mr Sajeev Vaniyapurackal George), a non-registered health practitioner who provided services as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) while working at St George Public Hospital.

The investigation found that during the course of carrying out his nursing duties in June and July 2017, Mr Vaniyapurackal:
• engaged in unnecessary physical contact with 2 female patients (aged 77 and 49 years) during night shifts;
• touched the breast / chest area of both patients without a proper clinical reason in a manner that was deliberate;
• engaged in contact with the 49 year old patient that is usually reserved for expressing physical affection,  including stroking the patient’s arms, face and hair and kissing her forehead;
• conducted a physical examination of the 49 year old patient that was beyond the scope of his duties as an AIN and involved exposing the patient’s breasts and genitals;
• disregarded the patient’s verbal indications that they wished to be left alone; and
• demonstrated disregard for the patient’s dignity and feeling of personal safety.

The investigation found that Mr Vaniyapurackal breached clauses 3(1), 3(2)(b), 3(2)(c) and 15 of the Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners [Schedule 3, Public Health Regulation 2012] which provides:
• Clause 3(1): a health practitioner must provide health services in a safe and ethical manner;
• Clause 3(2)(b):  a health practitioner must not provide health care of a type that is outside his or her experience or training;
• Clause 3(2)(c):  a health practitioner must not provide services that he or she is not qualified to provide; and
• Clause 15: a health practitioner must maintain accurate, legible and  contemporaneous clinical records for each client consultation.

Due to the nature of these breaches, together with Mr Vaniyapurackal’s poor grasp of professional boundaries and limited insight, the Commission is satisfied that he poses a risk to the health and safety of members of the public.

The Commission therefore makes the following prohibition order:

Mr Sajeev George Vaniyapurackal (also known as Mr Sajeev Vaniyapurackal George) is permanently prohibited from providing health services, as defined in s.4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993, whether on a paid or voluntary basis.

Further Information

The full decision is available here.

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.