Mr Seamus McArthur - Registered Nurse – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct

1 February 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Registered Nurse, Mr Seamus McArthur before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Registered Nurse, Mr Seamus McArthur before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

On 9 February 2017 Nurse McArthur was caring for an 80 year old patient who had a laryngeal stoma. The Commission alleged that Nurse McArthur inappropriately placed a dressing over the stoma to enable the patient’s stoma to remain dry while having a shower.  The dressing obstructed the patients only airway.  The Commission also alleged that Mr McArthur provided misleading information to the Commission.

The Tribunal found that Mr McArthur’s decision to apply the dressing to the stoma and his lack of knowledge surrounding the stoma amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct. 

The Tribunal will determine protective orders in Stage 2 proceedings.

A copy of the decision can be found on the NSW Caselaw website.

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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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