File Number: Med18/416P
Practitioner: Martyn Robert Howells
Hearing Start Date:
Hearing End Date:
Hearing Town/City: Auckland
Victoria Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert Street, Auckland, commencing at 9.00 am
Executive Officer: Miss Debra Gainey (04) 381 6816
Financial gain - inappropriate (Established)
Records - altered/attempt to alter (Established)
Name Suppression to Practitioner
Practitioner granted interim suppression of name and identifying features
Name Suppression to Complainant and/or Patient and/or client
Patients granted interim suppression of name and identifying features
Patients granted permanent suppression of name and identifying features
Precis of Decision:
On 17 July 2018 by video conference, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribuanl considered a charge laid by the Professional Conduct Committee against Dr Martyn Howells, Medical Practitioner of Dunedin (the Doctor).
The charge alleged that the Doctor had between 2004 and 2010 altered the medical records of 12 patients resulting in a financial benefit of $3,929 to which his practice was not entitled.
The hearing proceeded on an agreed summary of facts basis. The Tribunal was satisfied that the charge was established and was made out as misconduct. The Tribunal also noted that the Doctor had repaid the $3,929 in December 2015.
The Tribunal censured the Doctor and imposed conditions on his practise for a period of 3 years. The Tribunal ordered the Doctor to pay a contribution of $20,000 towards the total costs of the PCC and $6,000 towards the costs of the Tribunal.