Dr Peter Buys – Stage 1 - Professional misconduct

22 May 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against dental practitioner, Dr Peter Buys, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that Dr Buys was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct as he:

  • inappropriately prescribed drugs, including drugs of addiction
  • failed to secure these drugs in the surgery appropriately
  • failed to maintain a drug register as required by law
  • failed to make and keep appropriate clinical notes
  • failed to record the issue of prescriptions, and
  • issued prescriptions in the name of the dental practice. Stage one of this decision was handed down on 30 April 2020.

On 30 April 2020, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and Dr Buys guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  The Tribunal emphasised the serious nature of the conduct and noted that "the pervasive and substantial failure of the respondent to make a record of the issue of prescriptions for drugs of addiction for each of the patients as detailed in the particulars of the complaints is a serious matter”.

The Tribunal will determine protective orders at Stage two proceedings on a date yet to be fixed.

The Stage 1 decision may be found on 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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