REFUSED: A medical tribunal has refused to provide mum Rachelle Lind with details on action taken against the doctor involved in the birth of her daughter, Caitlin, who died on May 3, 2007.
REFUSED: A medical tribunal has refused to provide mum Rachelle Lind with details on action taken against the doctor involved in the birth of her daughter, Caitlin, who died on May 3, 2007. Rob Williams

Disciplinary ruling on doctor hidden from family

THE body that regulates doctors has refused to provide the mother of baby Caitlin Porter, who died in Ipswich Hospital in 2007, its decision on action against the practitioner involved.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) had informed Leichhardt mum Rachelle Lind, back on December 29, the matter had been finalised and "that the Board had formed the reasonable belief that the practitioner's performance was unsatisfactory and had taken relevant action".

A search of AHPRA's Registers of Practitioners yesterday showed the doctor is still registered by AHPRA as a paediatrics and child health specialist with no reprimands, no conditions and no undertakings to limit his practice.

After telling Mrs Lind to file a Freedom of Information request if she wanted any information on the "relevant action" taken, AHPRA then refused access to the document detailing the Medical Board of Australia's decision on the practitioner.

AHPRA's corporate services director Howard Spry responded to Mrs Lind last week with "I have today decided to refuse you access to the document in question as this document is exempt from release under sections 36, 41 and 43 of the FOI Act".

The five-page document kept in secrecy is a record of a meeting of the Queensland Notification Committee of the Medical Board of Australia which notes a decision by the Board to take relevant action against the practitioner and lists the reasons for this decision.

AHPRA sat on a referral by the state coroner to consider the practitioner for disciplinary action for two years, making a decision on December 17, just weeks after the case was highlighted in a series of articles in the QT.


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