Dr Arkadi Bronstein – Medical practitioner – Unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

15 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Arkadi Bronstein, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It was alleged that on 21 June 2018, whilst employed as a locum Visiting Medical Officer at Maclean District Hospital, Dr Bronstein provided inadequate care and treatment to two patients. In particular, in relation to Patient A, it was alleged that Dr Bronstein failed to :

  • properly inform Patient A’s original treating practitioner or senior staff that the a particular breathing machine for a patient with quadriplegia was outside his scope of practise;
  • undertake appropriate care by delegating care to nursing staff, not conducting a physical assessment of the patient, and not engaging with remote specialists; and
  • make a medical record for Patient A.

In relation to Patient B, a 29-week pregnant woman with chest pain, it was alleged that Dr Bronstein:

  • did not take a detailed history or provide sufficient information to a remote specialist before prescribing intravenous drugs
  • prescribed Metoprolol in an excessive amount and without proper enquiries
  • prescribed Amiodarone where its use is contraindicated with Metoprolol, and when he was aware the drug was not suitable for a pregnant patient
  • failed to appropriately monitor the patient after issuing the prescriptions, and
  • failed to record sufficient information in Patient B’s medical records.

In November 2021, the Tribunal found Dr Bronstein guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal will determine protective orders following a further (Stage 2) hearing.

A copy of the full decision can be found here: 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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