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Decision Alert: NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
12 Dec 2016



Dr Jeremy Reader Judgement – Explaining the outcome

 

DECEMBER 2016 – The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has handed down its decision in Health Care Complaints Commission v Reader concerning the registration of Dr Jeremy Reader on the health professionals register.

The Commission alleged that the adverse treatment of 9 patients was significantly below the standard expected of a competent medical practitioner. Dr Reader did not appear at the hearing.

Complaints included failure to properly advise 9+ patients of the nature and extent of the procedures to be performed, not referring patients to a more highly trained specialist, providing inadequate anaesthesia and wound care.

The Tribunal upheld findings of professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct and found that the doctor was not fit to practice. The doctor’s licence was suspended for a further 12 months.

The Tribunal stated that their decision was guided by an overriding obligation “to protect the health and safety of the public”.

Acorn Lawyers acts for each of the 9 people who made formal complaints to HCCC and this group forms part of the bigger class of over 60 people Acorn Lawyers represents in resolved, current or potential damages claims against the doctor.

The full decision can be found at:
https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/584775dbe4b058596cba24b1

If you have received unsatisfactory treatment from Dr Reader at Wollongong Skin Cancer Clinic you may also have a claim.

If you think you or someone you know may have a claim please consider contacting Acorn Lawyers at no initial cost or obligation to discuss: Acorn Lawyers 4226 5711or info@acornlawyers.com.au / James Govan 0401 363 657.

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