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File Number Date of Decision Profession Scope of Practice Practitioner  
Phys21/525P 20 Sep 2021 Physiotherapists   Physiotherapist Ms Y Details

Charge withdrawn

Nur21/522P 25 Nov 2021 Nurses   Nurse Bibin Yohannan Baby Details


On 20 September 2021 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge of professional misconduct charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against Mr Bibin Yohannan Baby registered nurse of Wellington (the Nurse).
The charge alleged that:
1.    During the period of 30 November 2018 to 10 October 2019 while employed by Emerge Aotearoa the nurse misappropriated Emerge funds for his own use, in particular the nurse purchased fuel for his personal vehicle using his Emerge business credit card:
    1.1    On 30 November 2018 - $70.03;
    1.2    On 11 December 2018 - $50;
    1.3    On 19 December 2018 - $70;
    1.4    On 15 January 2019 - $61.05;
    1.5    On 16 January 2019 - $49.90;
    1.6    On 4 February 2019 - $50;
    1.7    On 8 March 2019 - $50;
    1.8    On 1 August 2019 – $77.79;
    1.9    On 2 September 2019 - $80.
2.    Over the same period made false entries into the Emerge travel logbook, in particular;
    2.1    On 2 September 2019 made an entry into the travel logbook stating he had been at Bowen Hospital when he had not.
3.    On 6 September 2019 when questioned about the allegation, the nurse provided false statements to his employer, in particular:
    3.1    The fuel purchased on 2 September 2019 was for an Emerge car when it was for his own car.
    3.2    The Emerge petrol card was broken and he was waiting for a new one, when the replacement card had already been received and was in use at the time.
The hearing was heard by audio-visual link. 
Background 
When the nurse first started working at Emerge as a Service Manager for the Housing Recovery Service, he was issued with a business credit card.  Each Emerge service vehicle had its own fuel card.
In about September 2019 a newly appointed District Manager for Emerge conducted a check on the use of credit cards.  A number of discrepancies were uncovered between the ledger for the nurse’s assigned business credit card and the vehicle logbook over a period of approximately 10 months from November 2018 to September 2019.  Approximately $500 of Emerge funds had been misappropriated.
When initially questioned over the 2 September 2019 discrepancy the nurse lied to his employer about why he used his business card to purchase fuel rather than the vehicle’s fuel card.  When questioned again in October 2019, the nurse admitted he had lied and that he had used his business credit card to purchase fuel for his own personal car.  The nurse resigned immediately and forfeited his wages in the sum of $5,200.  The matter was not referred to the Police.
Finding
The Nurse accepted that his conduct amounted to professional misconduct.  The Tribunal agreed. In stealing from his employer, the nurse potentially deprived service users of resources.  The nurse’s conduct was a clear breach of trust, especially given the nurse was employed in a managerial role with a higher level of responsibility and trust. The Tribunal found that the dishonest conduct clearly amounted to malpractice and negligence in that it was a departure from accepted practice to a significant degree.  The Tribunal also found that the conduct lowered the reputation of the nursing profession.
Penalty
The Tribunal ordered that the Nurse:
•    Be censured;
•    On return to practice, have conditions placed on his practice for periods of between 12 months and two years;
•    Pay 20% ($3,200) of the total costs of the hearing.  
The Tribunal directed publication of the decision and a summary. 

Nur21/521P 17 Jan 2022 Nurses   Nurse Ms I Details

On 16 September 2021, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against a Nurse.

Med21/515P 20 Sep 2021 Medical Practitioners   General Carl Philip Knox Details

On 4 August 2021, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against Dr Carl Philip Knox, registered medical practitioner of Hamilton (the Doctor).

Mid21/508D 18 Oct 2021 Midwives   Midwife Helen Marie Bakker Details

On 28 June 2021 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge by the Director of Proceedings against Ms Helen Marie Bakker, registered midwife of Whakatane (the Midwife).

Psy21/505P 15 Oct 2021 Psychologists   Psychologist Ms S Details
Med20/501P 09 Sep 2021 Medical Practitioners   General Practice Dr N Details

On 26 May 2021, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against Dr N, registered medical practitioner (the Practitioner).

Ost20/500P 08 Jul 2021 Osteopaths   Osteopath Graham Edward Walker Details

On 8 April 2021, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Graham Edward Walker, registered Osteopath of Wellington (the Osteopath).

Med20/496P 15 Jul 2021 Medical Practitioners   General, Vocational Dr N Details

Charge withdrawn

Phar20/494P 27 Jul 2021 Pharmacists   Pharmacist Devinda Asoka Joseph Polonowita Details

On 11 May 2021 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Mr Devinda Polonowita, registered pharmacist of Auckland (the Pharmacist).

Nur20/491P 28 Jun 2021 Nurses   Nurse Vineeth Vijayan Sheela Details

On 4 and 5 May 2021 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered two charges of professional misconduct laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Mr Vineeth Vijayan Sheela, registered nurse of Nelson (the Nurse).

Med20/489P 27 Jul 2021 Medical Practitioners   General Dr L Details

On 28 April 2021, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Dr L, medical practitioner (the Practitioner).

Phys20/487P 21 May 2021 Physiotherapists   Physiotherapist Regan Wigg Details

Charge

Psy20/486P 06 Aug 2021 Psychologists   Psychologist Heather Adele Heron-Speirs Details

On 29 March 2021, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal heard a charge of professional misconduct laid by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against Dr Heather Adele Heron-Speirs, registered psychologist (the Psychologist).

Nur20/485P 12 Feb 2021 Nurses   Nurse Ms R Details

On 1-2 December 2020 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal considered a charge of professional misconduct laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Ms R, registered nurse (the Nurse).

Phys20/483P 11 Mar 2021 Physiotherapists   Physiotherapist John Appel Details

Charge

Phar20/481P 05 Nov 2020 Pharmacists   Pharmacist Rachel Knight Details

On 3 and 4 September 2020 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal considered two charges laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Ms Rachel Miriam Knight, registered pharmacist of Auckland (the Pharmacist).

Nur20/480D 27 Oct 2020 Nurses   Nurse Mr S Details

Charge

Den20/479P 09 Feb 2021 Oral Health Dentist Dr Dalila Gabb Details

Between 21 and 24 September 2020, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against Dalila Gabb, registered dentist of Whakatane (the Dentist).

Nur20/478P 09 Dec 2020 Nurses   Enrolled Nurse Ashwani Lal Details

On 20 October 2020 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Ms Ashwani Ajeshni Lal, an enrolled nurse, of Auckland, (the Nurse) relating to a referral of conviction.

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