Dr Ratna Ghosh – Medical practitioner - Disqualification

25 October 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against general practitioner Dr Ratna Ghosh, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that in 2017 Dr Ghosh prescribed an antibiotic containing penicillin to patient A, a baby, when she had been told by the parents that patient A had a penicillin allergy. The Complaint also alleged that in 2017 Dr Ghosh inappropriately advised patient B, who was pregnant, about the whooping cough vaccine and made inappropriate comments about the vaccine. The complaint also alleged that Dr Ghosh had treated patient C, a close relative, over a period of 5 years between 2013 and 2017 and inappropriately prescribed him a number of medications; failed to arrange for patient C to consult an independent general practitioner; and, failed to make a record of the Schedule 4 restricted substances which she prescribed to him.

The complaint also alleged that Dr Ghosh had an impairment and was not competent to practice medicine.

In its judgment dated 13 October 2021 the Tribunal found most of the complaint proven and that Dr Ghosh was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  It also determined that Dr Ghosh has an impairment and is not competent to practice medicine.  The Tribunal ordered that if Dr Ghosh were still registered, it would have cancelled her registration and set a non-review period of three years.

The full Tribunal decision may be found on NSW Caselaw here.

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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