16 Jan 2019
A tribunal has reprimanded a Western Australian medical practitioner, Dr Kenneth Charles Lee, for self-prescribing medication, prescribing in the name of his partner (at the time) (Partner) for personal consumption and for prescribing for his Partner.
In summary, Dr Lee admitted that he had:
The tribunal heard that Dr Lee had acted in a way contrary to the Board’s Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia (the Code) including failing to display a standard of behaviour that warrants the trust and respect of the community.
Breaches of the Code included failing to:
The tribunal noted that Dr Lee had voluntarily completed education on medical ethics and safe prescribing practices and at the time of committing the conduct, was undergoing a very stressful period of his life. There was no suggestion that the medications prescribed were inappropriate or in excessive quantities.
The tribunal reprimanded Dr Lee, fined him $4,000 and required him to pay the Board’s costs of $2,500. The tribunal also imposed conditions on his registration prohibiting him from self-prescribing and prescribing to family members together with an audit to monitor compliance.
The orders are published on the tribunal website.