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Professional Misconduct

Rahual Sant Ram


Address: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Doctor
Date: 19 March 2004


Details



Dr Rahual Sant Ram was reprimanded on 19 March 2004 by a Medical Tribunal.


The Health Care Complaints Commission, having consulted with the New South Wales Medical Board in accordance with s.51 (1) of the Medical Practice Act, 1992 (the Act) as amended by the Health Care Complaints Act, 1993 complains that the practitioner being a medical practitioner registered under the Act, was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and /or professional misconduct within the meaning of s.36 and s.37 of the Act.


Particulars of the complaint


The practitioner has engaged in improper and unethical conduct related to the practice of medicine as follows;


1.During April and May 1999 the practitioner knowingly forged prescriptions for a prohibited drug namely Pethidine, on diverse occasions, contrary to Section 15 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.


2. During April and May 1999 the practitioner obtained a prohibited drug, namely Pethidine, from pharmacists by knowingly making false representations as to the name and address of the person for whom the drug of addiction was purportedly intended and the name and address of the prescribing medical practitioner, contrary to Section 17 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.


3. During April and May 1999 the practitioner took possession of a drug of addiction, namely Pethidine, on diverse occasions, in circumstances where his authority to possess drugs of addiction had been withdrawn, contrary to Section 25 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966.


4. Between March and May 1999 the practitioner self-administered a prohibited drug, namely Pethidine, on diverse occasions, contrary to Section 17 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, and whilst the practitioner was participating in the Medical Board's Impaired Registrants Program due to his narcotic dependence.


5. During December 1998 the practitioner self-administered prohibited drugs, namely methylamphetamine and MDMA (Methylened oxy methylamphetamine) on diverse occasions, contrary to Section 17 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, and whilst the practitioner was participating in the Medical Board's Impaired Registrants Programme due to his narcotic dependence.


6. During November 2002 the practitioner self-administered a prohibited drug, namely cocaine, contrary to Section 17 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 and whilst the practitioner was participating in the Medical Board's Impaired Registrants Program due to his narcotic dependence.


The practitioner has contravened conditions to which his registration was subject as follows;


7. Between March and July 1999 the practitioner self-administered benzodiazepines and narcotics.


8. On 24 November 1998 the practitioner failed to attend an appointment with the Boards nominated psychiatrist.


9. On 10 and 13 July 1998, 16 and 19 October 1998, 4 November 1998 and 13 and 15 January 1999 the practitioner failed to attend for urinalysis in accordance with the Board's Protocol.


The orders of the Tribunal were:


1. The respondent is reprimanded.


2. The respondent's registration is subject to the conditions.


3. Order respondent to pay the applicant's costs save as to the applicant's application to call evidence in reply. Order the applicant pay the respondent's costs of and incidental to the application to call evidence in reply.