Doctor who smoked cannabis every day – including at work, censured

NZ Herald 8 October 2020
Family First Comment: “A GP who smoked cannabis daily, prescribed medication for his patient’s brother and made a fake profile to lie to the medical council about his ongoing drug tests has been suspended for two months. The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal found the practitioner behaved in a way that was negligent and likely to bring discredit to the medical profession.”
Cannabis use does that….

A GP who smoked cannabis daily, prescribed medication for his patient’s brother and made a fake profile to lie to the medical council about his ongoing drug tests has been suspended for two months.

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal found the practitioner, who has name suppression, behaved in a way that was negligent and likely to bring discredit to the medical profession.

He did not attend the hearing on the advice of his psychiatrist.

The doctor was yesterday censured for his professional misconduct and suspended for a further two months.

The doctor has been suspended and unable to work as a practitioner since November 2017.

In April 2015, the Health Committee ordered the doctor to be assessed by a psychiatrist, who found the doctor was dependant on cannabis and used it daily – even when he was working.

He was ordered to have regular drug tests, which had to show he had not been using cannabis for him to be able to practise again.
READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/doctor-who-smoked-cannabis-every-day-including-at-work-censured/Z4VR6KUK6AZFO2BI2QYX5MTZNU/

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