Mr Francis Bernard Balagtas – Registered Nurse – Unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

28 October 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Registered Nurse Mr Francis Bernard Balagtas before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

The complaint alleged various failures relating to Mr Balagtas’s treatment of a man who was found deceased in his cell at Parklea Correctional Centre on the morning of 7 December 2017.

It was alleged that on 6-7 December 2017, while working at Parklea Correctional Centre, Mr Balagtas failed to:

  • Read the clinical notes and health records of the patient.
  • Ensure that the afternoon shift nursing staff were provided with a clinical handover of the patient as a patient of concern.
  • Ensure that clinical information regarding the patient’s clinical management details were recorded in the written handover or patient notes.

In its decision of 25 October 2022, the Tribunal found the allegations proven and found Mr Balagtas 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

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