16 Jan 2009

Hamilton doctor found guilty of misconduct

5:07 pm on 16 January 2009

A Hamilton doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

In a decision on Friday, the tribunal said Dr Suresh Vatsyayann did not carry out the consultations he claimed to have done with two patients, and produced false records of the events.

The tribunal said instead, one of the patients, a teenage mother, was seen and prescribed anti-depressants by a suspended assistant doctor who was working for Dr Vasyayann at the time.

The tribunal says the highest standards of integrity are expected of doctors.

It's yet to decide on a penalty.

Dr Vatsyayann, who is also a member of the Waikato District Health Board, declined to comment.