Dr Mustafa Jamnagarwalla – Medical Practitioner – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct
16 June 2022
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted three complaints against a medical practitioner, Dr Mustafa Jamnagarwalla, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It was alleged that during a consultation in 2018, while working at Rouse Hill Town Medical & Dental Centre, Dr Jamnagarwalla inappropriately touched a 12 year old female patient. It was further alleged that on 33 occasions in 2019, Dr Jamnagarwalla breached a condition on his registration not to see female patients, falsely claimed that some female patients were male and made inadequate records.
In its decision of June 2022, the Tribunal found the majority of the complaint proven. His conduct amounted to inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature, observing that: “Patients place their trust in doctors and have a right to expect that examinations and treatment will only be undertaken in their best interests.” He was also found to have deliberately attempted to circumvent his condition, sought to avoid detection by not billing Medicare for consultations with female patients, and deliberately failed to record essential information in their clinical notes to give the impression that he had not consulted them.
Dr Jamnagarwalla was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal will determine protective orders following a further (Stage 2) hearing.
The full decision can be found here: 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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