Dr Ashraf Sakla – Medical Practitioner – Suspension, Reprimand, and Conditions
27 July 2021
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Ashraf Sakla a general practitioner before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The complaint alleged breaches of professional boundaries with a vulnerable female patient (Patient A) during the period between March and August 2017. It was alleged that Dr Sakla did not take adequate notes of his consultation with Patient A on 8 March 2017, and that following this consultation he entered into a romantic and personal relationship with her in which he:
- Contacted her by phone on approximately 85 occasions.
- Met with her outside of the practice and at a motel on two occasions.
- Hugged and kissed her.
- Made inappropriate personal disclosures to her.
- Sent her photographs of himself, provided her with his mobile number and contacted her while she was on holiday with her family.
- Gave her money to buy perfume and jewellery.
In its decision of 21 July 2021, the Tribunal found the complaint proven against Dr Sakla, and that he was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal remarked that Dr Sakla “consciously disregarded his professional and ethical obligations not to form a personal relationship with a vulnerable patient, 20 years his junior, at a time when he continued to treat her family”.
In its protective orders, the Tribunal suspended Dr Sakla’s registration for a period of six months from the date of its decision. It further reprimanded Dr Sakla and imposed registration conditions upon his resumption of practice.
The full Tribunal decision can be found on the NSW Caselaw website
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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