Dr Shammi Kabir – Medical Practitioner - Professional Misconduct

30 August 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against anaesthetist, Dr Shammi Kabir before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). 

The allegations included that Dr Kabir:

  1. Inappropriately prescribed medicines to his partner from 2008-2013, acquiesced to her requests for prescriptions, and prescribed medications outside the scope of his practice as an anaesthetist.
  2. Failed to appropriately respond to his partner’s mental health issues from 2010-2013, including threats of suicide.
  3. Inappropriately treated his partner in their home for a week in January 2013 including by inserting a cannula into his partner’s arm for antibiotics when she ought to have been taken to a hospital.
  4. Inappropriately prescribed medications to his close family from 2010-2016;
  5. Misappropriated fluid bags, medicines and equipment from hospitals.
  6. Failed to keep any records for his treatment of his close family and partner.

In its decision of 20 August 2021 the Tribunal found  allegations 1-6 above against Dr Kabir proved and the conduct amounted to professional misconduct. 

The Tribunal also considered Dr Kabir’s actions after finding his partner deceased on 18 January 2013 (when he drove away for 90 minutes,  disposed of certain items and misled the police). It determined that Dr Kabir was suffering from a dissociative amnesic state at that time. As a result these were not his voluntary actions and this part of the complaint was not proved.

The Tribunal will reconvene at a later date to consider any protective orders against Dr Kabir’s registration.

The Tribunal’s full decision may be found 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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