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Hamilton GP Found Guilty By Tribunal

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Hamilton GP Found Guilty By Tribunal

Hamilton GP Suresh Vatsyayann has today been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Dr Vatsyayann was charged with enrolling patients without their consent and for breaching patient privacy, according to the tribunal's written decision released this afternoon.

Other charges included allowing his wife Subash to undertake procedures such as cervical smears and vaccinations for which she was neither registered nor qualified to do.

A final charge pertained to inaccurate clinical records showing Dr Vatsyayann had done certain procedures when he had not.

"There is a very serious pattern of multiple breaches, which can only be described as grave," the tribunal says.

The tribunal has given the parties 14 days to submit on an appropriate penalty for Dr Vatsyayann, which may be heard at another hearing or considered by correspondence.

Decision follows lengthy hearing

The written decision follows a tribunal hearing in February this year which lasted for almost two weeks (>>nzdoctor.co.nz, 'News', 9 February).

The Hamilton GP was represented at the hearing by his daughter Joy Foot, who has no legal training and is a former practice manager of the Family Clinic where he works, after his lawyer Harry Waalkens QC withdrew his services last year.

Dr Vatsyayann, who runs a clinic free of charge in the Hamilton suburb of Beerescourt, was suspended by the Medical Council in August last year

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