FJV – General Practitioner – Disqualification and prohibition order for unsatisfactory professional conduct, professional misconduct and impairment

31 October 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against General Practitioner FJV before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It is noted that the Tribunal has issued a non-publication order in relation to the name of the practitioner (and others).

It was alleged that between 2015 and 2018, in treating a very vulnerable patient, FJV:

  • Failed to manage the patient’s diabetes and recurrent urinary tract infection symptoms.
  • Failed to appropriately manage the patient’s mental health.
  • Inappropriately prescribed medication to the patient.
  • Breached professional boundaries with the patient including providing his mobile phone number to her, disclosing information about his personal life and meeting her socially.

In its decision of 26 October 2022, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and found FJV guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal also found that FJV had an impairment and was not competent to practice medicine.

The Tribunal noted that FJV had not been registered since 1 November 2020. It made an order that if FJV was still registered it would have cancelled his registration and disqualified him for 2 years. The Tribunal also made an order prohibiting FJV from providing any health services until such time that he is re-registered.

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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