General Practitioner ‘ERL’ – Disqualified - Professional misconduct and impairment

17 June 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) against a general practitioner “ERL”, who was registered until September 2014. (Note that the Tribunal has ordered that the practitioner is unable to be identified as publication could have significant adverse mental health impacts for the practitioner.

The complaint alleged breaches of professional boundaries with six patients and deficiencies in the care and treatment of one patient. It also alleged that the practitioner was impaired and not competent to practise medicine.  

On 9 June 2021, the Tribunal found that ERL does have an impairment, and by virtue of that impairment is not competent to practise medicine.

ERL was also found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct on the basis that:

  • During the period between 2012 – 2014, professional boundaries were breached with a number of female patients due to sexual misconduct.
  • Medication was inappropriately prescribed to Patient G, and there were not adequate records of the care and treatment provided to Patient G.

The Tribunal made the following protective orders:

  1. If ERL was still registered, the Tribunal would have cancelled their registration.
  2. The National Board record the fact that the Tribunal would have cancelled ERL’s registration as a medical practitioner had they still been registered.
  3. ERL is disqualified from being registered as medical practitioner with a non-review period of eight years.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

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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