Charge Detail Summary

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


Hearing Start Date:

Hearing End Date:

17/07/2018

17/07/2018


Hearing Town/City: Auckland

Hearing Location:

Victoria Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert Street, Auckland, commencing at 9.00 am

Executive Officer: Miss Debra Gainey (04) 381 6816


Charge Characteristics:

Financial gain - inappropriate (Established)


Records - altered/attempt to alter
(Established)


Additional Orders:

Name Suppression to Practitioner

Practitioner granted interim suppression of name and identifying features

956Med18416P.pdf


Name Suppression to Complainant and/or Patient and/or client

Patients granted interim suppression of name and identifying features

956Med18416P.pdf

Patients granted permanent suppression of name and identifying features

980Med18416P.pdf


Appeal Order:


Decision:

Full Decision 980Med18416P.pdf


Appeal Decision:


Precis of Decision:

Charge

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.

Findings

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.

Penalty

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.