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Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers welcomes release of NSW Medical Council Report on Dr Emil Gayed

Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers welcomes release of NSW Medical Council Report on Dr Emil Gayed

Published on November 19, 2018 by Justine Anderson and Bill Madden

Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers has welcomed the recent release by the NSW Medical Council of the final report of Gail Furness SC into its processes with respect to Dr Emil Gayed.

The report is an important document and of considerable interest to a number of women who are investigating claims for compensation against Dr Gayed and the local health districts where he worked.

The report can be read in full here – https://www.mcnsw.org.au/sites/default/files/furness_report-gayed.pdf

Associate Professor Richard Walsh, the current president of the NSW Medical Council, is quoted as conceding that the response of health regulators to numerous complaints about Dr Gayed did not prevent his substandard professional performance for several years.

Aspects of his management by the Medical Board, and later the Council, were unsatisfactory.

Justine Anderson of Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers noted the particular focus in the report on the potential for improvements in information sharing about medical practitioners who have health, performance or conduct problems.

She said:

 “The first issue identified by Ms Gail Furness is probably the most important. She identifies the potential for improvement in information sharing by all three relevant groups. Firstly, what the Board (now the Council) should communicate to employers about a doctor. Secondly, what employers should communicate to the Medical Council?  Thirdly, what the doctor should communicate to employers – whether public or private hospitals.”

“This is only the first of two reports by Ms Furness. The second, expected in late January 2019, will focus on processes within the local health districts (public hospitals) where Dr Gayed worked.”

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