Dr Atul Rakheja – General Practitioner – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct
13 January 2021
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Atul Rakheja, general practitioner before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The Commission alleged that Dr Rakheja inappropriately touched the patient (“Patient A”) during consultations and made inappropriate comments about her relationship when he was treating her at a medical centre. The Commission also alleged that Dr Rakheja had breached conditions on his registration (which required him to notify the Council in writing at least seven days before working at a specified location, prohibited him from writing prescriptions for female patients, and required practice monitoring ).
The Tribunal did not find that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the allegations of inappropriate touching and inappropriate comments. The Tribunal did find that Dr Rakheja had breached the conditions of his registration, which amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct.
The Tribunal will determine any protective orders in a further hearing.
The full 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 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.
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