Medical practitioner: Sexual relationship with patient

With thanks to Phil Gleeson for noting the recent decision of Medical Board of Australia v McCarthy [2020] WASAT 12 (available on AustLII).

The disciplinary proceedings concerned a respondent who had general and specialist registration as a physician and psychiatrist, but practised as a psychiatrist.

The catchwords show that the complaint encompassed allegations of a sexual relationship with patient; the prescription of certain medication to a patient; the clinical notes being illegible and unintelligible; a referral letter containing false information and that the respondent attempted to persuade patient not to cooperate with enquiries.

A finding was made of professional misconduct, with the matter to be listed at a later date for consideration of penalty and costs.

Earlier media reports indicate that the respondent was also the subject of a criminal charge: see also [9].