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Psychiatrist Admits Professional Misconduct

Psychiatrist Admits Professional Misconduct
1:21 PM, 22 Mar 2006
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A psychiatrist who failed to manage a patient's care has pleaded guilty to a charge of professional misconduct.

The doctor, who has interim name suppression, appeared before the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal this morning

The charge was laid after the doctor failed to adequately manage the care of an elderly patient between 2000 and 2001.

The woman, who was schizophrenic, spent six weeks in hospital after her medication was changed.

The hearing heard the doctor's standard of care fell well short of that expected of a practitioner in his position.

His note-taking was not up to scratch, which put the patient at risk.

Lawyers for the doctor say the region where he was working at the time was short-staffed.

He is still practicing full-time.

© NewsRoom 2006


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