Mehul Dudhela – Registered Nurse - Professional misconduct – Registration cancelled
18 May 2021
The Health Care Complaints Commission (“the Commission”) prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse Mehul Dudhela before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). The complaint alleged failure to undertake observations and falsification of records regarding a 49 year old indigenous male patient who was found deceased in the Acute Mental Health Unit of a hospital in Sydney (“the Hospital”) at the end of a night shift in May 2017. The patient had a recent history of suicide attempts and nurses were required to observe him every 30 minutes during the night shift.
Nurse Dudhela was specifically allocated to the patient. The complaint alleged that:
- He had significant information about the patient’s involuntary status and recent behaviour so should have been alert to the necessity to maintain half-hourly observations overnight.
- He recorded that the patient was sleeping at one time when he did not see him.
- He was unaware whether the patient was sleeping during the hourly rounds and he was aware that the half-hourly rounds did not occur.
- He inaccurately recorded that the patient had been asleep during each round.
- He did not personally conduct any observations for the patient over an eight-hour period or take any steps to ensure they occurred.
On 11 May 2021, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and Mr Dudhela was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal commented that he “failed to provide fundamental care for the patient… and… ensure his safety and wellbeing”.
The Tribunal ordered that Mr Dudhela’s registration be cancelled with an 18 month non-review period during which time he is unable to seek reregistration.
The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw:
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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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