Dr Hany Abdalla – Suspension and Conditions: Professional misconduct
19 Mar 2020
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted general practitioner Dr Hany Abdalla before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). Dr Abdalla was also trained as a pharmacist. The Commission alleged in its complaint that Dr Abdalla was guilty of professional misconduct by his inappropriate prescribing of opioids and other drugs to 13 patients from 2011 to 2016 at a medical centre in Auburn, NSW. The complaint also alleged that Dr Abdalla’s record keeping for these patients contravened legislative requirements.
As part of the complaint the Commission alleged that the patients Dr Abdalla prescribed to displayed drug seeking behaviour which he failed to manage. Dr Abdalla admitted the allegations against him, however, stated that only through education and reflection could he now identify the patient’s drug seeking behaviour.
In its decision of 9 March 2020 the Tribunal found the complaints proved, that it amounted to professional misconduct, and did not accept Dr Abdalla’s explanations for his failure to manage their drug seeking behaviour. The Tribunal formally reprimanded Dr Abdalla, suspended his registration for six months and imposed various practice restrictions to take effect when his suspension ends, including that he be subject to a performance assessment and be supervised.
The Tribunal’s decision can be found on the NSW Caselaw website.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to email@example.com.
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.