STRINGENT conditions have been placed on Holbrook’s only doctor, including a cap on patients and supervision of his practice.
The Medical Council of NSW imposed six conditions on Dr Arunachalam Lakshmanan as a result of a case referred to the Health Care Complaints Commission in August.
The conditions include not seeing more than 100 patients a week, not taking new patients unless it’s a medical emergency and submitting an audit of a random selection of medical records to assess compliance with record-keeping standards and legal requirements.
Dr Lakshmanan must authorise or consent to an exchange of information between the council and Medicare to monitor compliance and his practices will be supervised.
A supervisor will monitor and review clinical practice and compliance and will meet the doctor fortnightly to conduct case reviews, medical record reviews, pathology results reviews and monitor workload, patient care and basic clinical skills. Other conditions apply but are not publicly available due to privacy.
There was no indication how long the conditions, published on the Australian Practitioners Regulation Agency website, would be in place.
The agency states the council imposed conditions for the “protection of the health and safety of any person or persons, or is satisfied that action is otherwise in the public interest” until the matter “about the practitioner is disposed of, or the conditions are removed by the Medical Council of NSW”.
Dr Lakshmanan, 73, was not available for comment yesterday.
The Border Mail understands the conditions will force a daily reduction in his workload.
It is believed he had been seeing about 30 patients a day.
Dr Lakshmanan received notification on Friday informing him of the Medical Council’s decision and conditions.
Murrumbidgee Health District suspended Dr Lakshmanan’s visiting medical officer status at Holbrook hospital in mid-August.
Holbrook identity Ian Scobie is circulating a petition seeking the doctors’ reinstatement.
A locum doctor is providing medical cover 10am to 8pm weekdays and on-call after-hours during the suspension as the hospital undergoes a “medical review”.