Dr Urmila Sriskanda – General Practitioner - Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct
5 May 2021
In March 2021 the Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal against Dr Urmila Sriskanda, a general practitioner.
The Commission alleged that from 2017 to 2019 when Dr Sriskanda was working in West Gosford, she inappropriately prescribed Schedule 8 and/or Schedule 4D drugs to nine patients in circumstances where:
She knew, or ought to have known, the patients were drug dependent ( including some on an opioid treatment program)
She did not have an authority to prescribe Schedule 8 drugs to them.
The prescriptions were issued without proper clinical assessment or referral for specialist support, and in a manner not therapeutically indicated;
The Schedule 4D drugs were issued concurrently with oxycodone;
It was also alleged that :
Dr Sriskanda failed to record in her medical notes any information or advice given to the abovementioned patients regarding the purpose, importance, benefits, or risks of the drugs prescribed.
In October 2018 Dr Sriskanda breached patient confidentiality and during that same consultation, failed to conduct an adequate examination, arrange appropriate specialist support or prepare an appropriate management plan after the patient made disclosures of self-harm and threats to others.
In its decision dated 14 April 2021 the Tribunal found all of the complaints proven and determined that Dr Sriskanda’s conduct amounted to both unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.
The Tribunal will determine protective orders in Stage 2 proceedings.
The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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