16 Sep 2013

Censured doctor seeking name suppression

11:48 am on 16 September 2013

A doctor censured for misconduct over her prescribing of a drug used in the abortion process has gone to the High Court in Wellington in a bid for continued name suppression.

In May this year the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal ruled that Doctor N instructed a nurse by telephone to dispense the drug without seeing the patient.

She was also found to have failed to document prescribing the drug in her clinical notes for the patient.

The tribunal suspended the doctor for six months and also ordered her to undertake regular peer reviews for three years after resuming practice.

The doctor's lawyer told the High Court on Monday that his client's name suppression should be continued to protect the privacy of her patients and to avoid adverse consequences for the workplaces in which she was involved.