The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has found a doctor guilty of serious misconduct for prescribing drugs of abuse to herself and for attempting to mislead her employer and the Medical Council about her prescribing.

The Disciplinary Tribunal concluded that because of the circumstances the doctor was in at the time of the offending it did not need to suspend or strike her off.  Instead it censured her and ordered her to pay a fine of $5,000 and imposed conditions requiring her to undergo an education programme and be under the monitoring of the Health Committee of the Medical Council for three years.  It also ordered her to pay $30,000 towards the costs of the prosecution.

Alan Knowsley
Medical Lawyer