The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has censured and fined a health professional who incorrectly charged ACC for services when they were not provided.

The professional was also found guilty of invoicing ACC for treatments given to family members when this was not permitted by the ACC rules.  He was also found guilty of failing to keep adequate records.

This professional misconduct resulted in a $5,000 fine and conditions being imposed on the health practitioner’s practice for two years.  He has to undergo supervision and education regarding treating family members and his note taking.

The Disciplinary Tribunal found that although the practitioner’s actions are likely to bring discredit to the profession it was not a case where he needed to be suspended.

Alan Knowsley
Medical Lawyer