Dr Bassel Rahman – General Practitioner – Registration Cancelled – UPDATED

21 May 2021 - updated 29 June 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission brought a complaint against general practitioner, Dr Bassel Abdul Rahman, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”).  The Commission alleged that between about 2011 and about 2015, in respect of 27 patients, the practitioner engaged in inappropriate prescribing of Testosterone and anabolic steroids, Benzodiazepines, and Sch 4 and Sch 8 drugs of addiction contrary to the therapeutic standard. The practitioner also engaged in inappropriate prescribing of Sch 4 and Sch 8 drugs to two close family members, and self-prescribed Sch 4 and 4D drugs.

In respect of 26 patients, the complaint also alleged that practitioner failed to keep adequate clinical records.

In its Stage 1 decision dated 11 March 2021, the Tribunal found all allegations proven which amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

On 18 May 2021, in its Stage 2 decision about protective orders, 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.

On 18 June 2021, Dr Rahman lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeal against the NCAT decision. On 25 June 2021, the Court of Appeal made interim orders permitting Dr Rahman to practise under conditions pending the determination of his appeal, which is due to be heard on 23 August 2021.  The Court imposed a number of conditions on Dr Rahman’s registration, including conditions restricting his practice to administration of  COVID19 vaccines and care of patients presenting with COVID19 symptoms at the Miranda Medical Centre.

The full Court of Appeal decision is available here NSW Caselaw website

The Stage 2 decision is available here NSW Caselaw website

The Stage 1 decision is available here 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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