Charge Detail Summary

File Number: Med18/416P
Practitioner: Martyn Robert Howells
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Charge Characteristics:

Financial gain - inappropriate (Established)

Records - altered/attempt to alter

Additional Orders:

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


Appeal Order:


Full Decision 980Med18416P.pdf

Appeal Decision:

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.