Performance and Professional Standards panel
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Date of Hearing: 11 June 2013
Date of Decision: 11 June 2013
Clinical Care: Missed, incorrect or delayed diagnosis
Clinical Care: Inadequate or inappropriate treatment
Clinical Care: Delayed or inadequate or inappropriate referral
It was alleged that a medical practitioner behaved in a way that constituted unsatisfactory professional performance under s.191(1)(b)(i) of the National Law in that they:
The panel found that the allegations against the practitioner were substantiated.
The panel considered that, in light of the proactive steps taken by the practitioner to improve systems at the medical centre and to improve their skills in diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management, it was not necessary to impose any conditions on their registration.
It found the practitioner’s failure to recognise that the patient was suffering from acute onset Type 1 diabetes and to take urgent action to refer the patient for specialist treatment in hospital put the patient at significant risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis, which in fact occurred.
The panel reprimanded the practitioner, to reflect the seriousness of the deficiencies in professional performance on this occasion.