Dr Andrew Hollo – Medical Practitioner - Disqualification

12 August 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against medical practitioner, Dr Andrew Hollo before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal .  The complaint related to the period between 13 November 2008 and 14 December 2017 when Dr Hollo treated Patient A as her General Practitioner. Patient A suffered from musculo-skeletal pain, was isolated and mentally and physically frail. The complaint alleged that Dr Hollo:

  • Prescribed excessive amounts of Schedule 8 drugs to Patient A, including morphine and fentanyl, in combination with Schedule 4D drugs, in circumstances where, among other things, he:
    1. did not conduct an appropriate clinical assessment before commencing their use;
    2. did not seek specialist advice in continuing their use;
    3. did not regularly review the use of the drugs as their quantities increased over time; and
    4. was aware or ought to have been aware that Patient A was drug dependent.
  • Prescribed morphine for Patient A without consulting with her and continued to prescribe the drug to her after her admission to hospital following a drug overdose.  
  • Formed a personal relationship with Patient A including that she had asked him to witness her will.   The complaint also alleged Dr Hollo’s notes of his consultations with Patient A were poor and often did not record any details of presenting symptoms but simply noted referrals or prescriptions written.

In its decision of 5 August 2021, the Tribunal found all of the complaints proven and that he was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  The Tribunal found that had Dr Hollo still been registered, it would have cancelled his registration and set a non-review period of three years from the date of its decision.

The Tribunal’s full decision can be found on the: 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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