Mr Bhuvaneshwar Singh – Registered nurse - Unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

2 December 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Bhuvaneshwar Singh, registered nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. On 3 January 2020 Mr Singh was working as an agency nurse at an aged care facility when at about 1pm an elderly patient had an unwitnessed fall.  Mr Singh was called to examined the patient.  Later that day, after Mr Singh’s shift, the patient was found to have suffered bilateral femoral fractures.

It was alleged that Mr Singh:

  1. Failed to properly examine and assess Patient A for injury when he first arrived and the patient was on the floor and again after the patient had been returned to bed.
  2. Failed to be present when Patient A was being transferred by hoist from the floor to the bed.
  3. Inappropriately attributed Patient A’s complaints of pain to her age and chronic conditions and failed to take steps to ensure that she received adequate pain relief.
  4. Inaccurately or falsely recorded that he had assessed Patient A’s lower limbs as “normal” and otherwise failed to make an adequate clinical record.
  5. Failed to monitor and to provide appropriate care for Patient A after her fall.

In its decision on 26 November 2021 the Tribunal considered and found most of the allegations proven, except in relation to his first assessment of the patient on the floor.

The Tribunal found Mr Singh guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

The Tribunal will hold a further hearing to determine what, if any, disciplinary orders are made.

The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.

Further information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 02 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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