Dr Leslie Blackstock - Medical Practitioner – Registration cancelled

30 September 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission (‘HCCC’) prosecuted Dr Leslie Blackstock, a registered medical practitioner (with specialist registration as a general practitioner) before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It was alleged that Dr Blackstock was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to the care and treatment of 12 patients who attended his practice for breast augmentation and labiaplasty surgery and that he had been convicted of criminal offences under section 33 and 62 of the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 (NSW) for conducting a private health facility without a licence in circumstances where, as a director, he knowingly authorised or permitted the contravention.

The complaints against Dr Blackstock in relation to the care and treatment alleged that Dr Blackstock:

  • failed to conduct appropriate pre-operative assessments of patients and to obtain proper informed consent from them;
  • inappropriately sat sedated patients up during surgery to comment on or consent to a breast implant;
  • failed to provide adequate post-operative care for his patients;
  • invited friends and relatives to come into the operating room to obtain their opinion about a patient’s breast implants; and,
  • failed to keep appropriate records.

On 30 September 2020 the Tribunal found that the complaints were established and that Dr Blackstock was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

The Tribunal ordered that Dr Blackstock’s registration as a medical practitioner be cancelled and that he is not able to seek review of that decision for a period of 7 years.

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.

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