Dr Min Sein – Medical Practitioner – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct - Reprimand and Conditions

11 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against general practitioner Dr Min Sein before a Medical Professional Standards Committee.  On 25 August 2018 Dr Sein was working as in-charge of the Belmont Hospital emergency department.  A patient arrived by ambulance with a history of being unable to move her legs and leave her car for approximately three hours.  After interviewing the patient and her carer, Dr Sein authorised her discharge from the hospital.  The complaint alleged that Dr Sein was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in that he:

  • Failed to properly assess the patient by taking a history of and assessing her symptoms, examining her, and ordering primary investigations.
  • Inappropriately authorised the patient’s discharge in the above circumstances, without written discharge information, and where Dr Sein could not confirm or exclude acute causes for the patient’s mobility problems.
  • Failed to maintain adequate records for his care of the patient on 25 August 2018.
  • Failed to adequately explain his advice to the patient’s carer that she should see a neurologist and physiotherapist.

In its October 2021 decision, the Committee found all allegations proved and that Dr Sein’s conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee reprimanded Dr Sein and imposed conditions on his registration that he:

  • Work only in a hospital setting or accredited general practise, where there are at least two medical practitioners
  • Have supervision if he worked in a hospital setting.
  • Undertake a record keeping course.

A copy of the Committee’s decision is attached.

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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