ON 4 September 2014, the NSW Court of Appeal delivered Health Care Complaints Commission v Do  NSWCA 307.
Dr Annette Do had been found guilty by the Medical Tribunal of professional misconduct in prescribing her drug-dependent de facto partner with addictive and restricted substances, one of which caused her partner to die from an overdose. Dr Do was not registered at the time of the proceedings but was ordered to undergo a minimum of 12 months counselling as a condition of re-applying for registration. The Tribunal refrained from making an order of disqualification.
The Court of Appeal set aside the Tribunal’s orders and made an order disqualifying the doctor from practising medicine for a period of 18 months from 2 August 2013.
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