Dr Paul Cozzi - Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct - Reprimand and Supervision Imposed
3 November 2020
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Paul Cozzi, a consultant urologist before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (the Committee).
The complaint alleged that Dr Cozzi : in November 2015 failed to properly supervise a trainee urologist operating at a public hospital, in circumstances where Dr Cozzi was operating elsewhere at a private hospital at the same time; did not have appropriate medical records; and, made false or misleading statements to investigators in 2016-2017.
On 3 November 2020, the Committee found Dr Cozzi guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct on the basis that:
- He was responsible for supervising the trainee operating on Dr Cozzi’s patients at St George Public Hospital. After his public list started, Dr Cozzi then drove to the Mater Private Hospital and operated on his private patients. Having two concurrent surgical lists is not acceptable professional practice. Failure to properly supervise the trainee is significantly below the relevant standard.
- He pre-signed blank count sheets and safety checklists for surgeries on patients at the public hospital which he did not attend. The procedures for signing count sheets and safety check lists are designed to ensure patient safety. Signing sheets for surgeries when he was not present infringes basic standards of professional practice and contravenes the record keeping regulations.
- He made incorrect statements to the investigators on five occasions.
- He was not a credible or trustworthy witness. Dr Cozzi provided contradictory information about his whereabouts.
- His conduct is improper and unethical conduct and significantly below the relevant standard.
The Committee found that his conduct is reprehensible and unsatisfactory professional conduct. He was reprimanded Dr Cozzi in the strongest possible terms. The Committee also ordered that Dr Cozzi must be subject to supervision, must complete an ethics course and must not supervise trainees.
Statement of Decision
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