February 17, 2013
Unkindest cut: Restrictions placed on doctors
by Phillip Thomson
Several doctors have had restrictions placed on them by the ACT Medical Board.
THE national watchdog has slapped restrictions on more than 40 Canberra health practitioners to ‘‘protect the public’’.
Those with restrictions placed on them include one practitioner under scrutiny for the way he performs circumcisions, with the regulator stating he is not to perform circumcisions without the use of adequate pain relief and that he must use the correct equipment during these procedures. [So what equipment was he using?]
Until the end of 2013, the doctor must list for the ACT Medical Board each circumcision he has performed and the anaesthetic used in each procedure.
The doctor’s future use of analgesics during circumcisions must be in line with the Royal Australian College of Physicians guidelines and he must see a psychiatrist paid for and appointed by the medical board.
He has been allowed to choose his own mentor who was to supervise him for six months and write a report for the board.
The doctor declined to comment when contacted