Dr Bassel Rahman – General Practitioner – Confirmation of Cancelled Registration

21 May 2021 - updated 15 October 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Bassel Abdul Rahman, General Practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  It was alleged that between about 2011 and about 2015, in respect of 27 patients, Dr Rahman inappropriately prescribed the following drugs, contrary to the therapeutic standard:

  • testosterone and anabolic steroids
  • benzodiazepines
  • schedule 4 drugs
  • schedule 8 drugs of addiction

It was further alleged that Dr Rahman engaged in inappropriate prescribing of Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 drugs to two close family members, and self-prescribed Schedule 4 and 4D drugs. In respect of 26 patients, the complaint also alleged Dr Rahman failed to keep adequate clinical records.

In 11 March 2021, the Tribunal found all allegations proven which amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. On 18 May 2021, the Tribunal cancelled Dr Rahman’s registration as a medical practitioner, with a non-review period of 12 months from the date of the decision. The Tribunal’s decisions are available on the NSW Caselaw website: stage 1 and stage 2.

Dr Rahman lodged an appeal and also successfully sought interlocutory orders restoring him to the register to allow him to provide  Covid-19 vaccinations and assessing  patients presenting with Covid-19 symptoms at the Miranda Medical Centre.

On 14 October 2021, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. The interlocutory orders which had allowed him to provide restricted COVID related services were revoked and the 18 May 2021 Tribunal cancellation decision was confirmed.     

The Court of Appeal decision is available on the NSW Caselaw website

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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