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    Australian Doctors so Dangerous they have to have minders

    Dangerous doctors 'can work with minders'


    FIFTY-ONE WA doctors are considered so dangerous they are allowed to treat patients only under strict conditions.

    The Sunday Times reports that in one case, an obstetrician found guilty of conducting rogue surgery has been allowed to continue practising - but has been banned from using forceps when he delivers babies.

    In another case, a male doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient must have a chaperone present during consultations.

    The WA Medical Board has revealed information relating to doctors with conditions placed on their registration as new figures obtained by The Sunday Times show that complaints against WA doctors rose 33 per cent in the past financial year.
    Those complaints include allegations of inadequate treatment and surgical blunders.
    The board received an average of 22 complaints a month last year, compared with 15 a month in the previous year.

    Opposition health spokesman Roger Cook said the increasing number of complaints proved the health system was under intense pressure, with overworked doctors more likely to make mistakes.

    Health Consumers Council chief executive Michele Kosky said she was shocked that more than 50 WA doctors are allowed to practise only under strict conditions.

    The news comes a week after revelations that disgraced former Queensland health bureaucrat Darren Keating had been allowed to work in WA as an occupational GP.

    Dr Keating resigned from the Queensland health system after being accused of repeatedly failing to act on complaints about notorious Dr Jayant Patel, who was convicted in June of the manslaughter of three of his patients.

    A condition of Dr Keating's medical registration in WA is that he is not to rise to the position of director of medical services, or any similar administrative position, at any hospital.

    A spokeswoman for the WA Medical Board said she was confident that stringent measures were in place to monitor doctors who have conditions imposed on them.

    "Any breach of conditions may amount to unprofessional conduct and be referred for disciplinary action," she said.

    The spokeswoman said the rise in complaints against doctors could be attributed in part to increased awareness of reporting procedures.

    "The public (is) more attuned to reporting matters to the board, as one might expect over time," she said.

    "Many of the matters reported do not amount to unprofessional conduct and are closed after a period of investigation."

    This week, The Sunday Times spoke to a male patient in his 40s who was supposed to have an operation to remove possibly cancerous cysts.

    The patient was operated on at a regional hospital in the state's north and was discharged only to find out later that some of the cysts had not been removed.

    He has been scheduled for more surgery after his GP doctor discovered the surgical blunder.

    He said he plans to make a complaint to the WA Medical Board.


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    suspect these doctors (sic) are working in the back of beyond and it is either them or nothing

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