Philip Slater - Pharmacist - Professional misconduct and cancellation

21 August 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission brought a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) against registered pharmacist Phillip Slater. Mr Slater held a financial interest in five pharmacies in the Hunter Region. The complaint alleged that:

  • Between April and June 2016 he possessed restricted substances without prescription or proper authority (and for the purposes of supply) as well as compounding and labelling in contravention of guidelines and regulations.
  • He failed to notify the National Board of being charged and convicted of criminal offences, including supply of prohibited drugs, in April 2016, and when those convictions were removed in favour of a finding of guilt and good behaviour bond only.

In its decision dated 29 July 2020, the Tribunal found all of the Commission’s complaint against Mr Slater proved and that his conduct amounted to professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that Mr Slater had attempted to minimise his conduct and did not demonstrate ‘sufficient adherence to professional standards to enable him to practise safely’. The Tribunal held that the direct nexus between Mr Slater’s practice of pharmacy and his criminal conduct meant that he was unfit in the public interest to continue to practice. 

The Tribunal reprimanded Mr Slater, ordered that his registration be cancelled and imposed a non-review period of one year.

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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