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22 August 2017

Doctor fights ban over 10,000 texts, emails

The radiologist leaving court today. Picture: John Grainger

AN EASTERN suburbs doctor accused of sending more than 10,000 texts and emails to a former Tinder lover is fighting a ban on her working by the Medical Council of NSW.

The 38-year-old radiologist from Rushcutters Bay appeared at the NSW Civil and Administration Tribunal today to challenge her suspension after police charged her with six counts of using a carriage service to menace and ­harass, two counts of contravening a domestic Apprehended Violence Order and one count of stalking/­intimidation with intent to physical harm.

At the hearing, the woman successfully applied for a non-publication order on her name which was not opposed by Medical Council of NSW barrister Patricia Lowson.

The doctor was suspended by the council in March of this year on the grounds that it was necessary “to protect the public”.

The doctor’s lawyer says the public does not need protection from his client and that she should be allowed to practise. Picture: John Grainger

The doctor’s lawyer says the public does not need protection from his client and that she should be allowed to practise. Picture: John GraingerSource:News Corp Australia

However her lawyer Mark Robinson SC argued the public did not need protection from the woman as she was a “good doctor,” and the allegations had nothing to do with her practise.

It was revealed at the hearing that the doctor began allegedly bombarding her former lover with emails last year after she discovered he was in a new relationship when she saw a photo of him with his new partner online.

Police will allege that the doctor sent 9000 texts to the man and more than 100 emails to the two universities where the parents of the alleged victim’s girlfriend worked.

The man and his new girlfriend made a complaint about the doctor to the Health Care Complaints Commission in August last year.

The doctor had her contract terminated with her employer I-MED on March 4 this year around the same time she was charged by police.

After she was charged, the Medical Council of NSW held an urgent meeting where they suspended her indefinitely.

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Mr Robinson told Acting Judge Dennis Cowdroy that the allegations have nothing to do with her practise as a doctor and she would be fighting the criminal charges.

“At the end of the day it’s emails, I’m not suggesting that emails can’t hurt…but it is emails, it’s not a sexual assault, it is not a physical assault and it has nothing to do with her practise,” he said.

Mr Robinson asked that the doctor be granted a temporary stay on the suspension before a full hearing at NCAT in November.

He said that as a radiologist she had very little interaction with patients except to “jab them or take a biopsy”.

He said she would be willing to abide by restrictions on her interactions with patients if granted the interim stay on her suspension.

“My client simply wants to work as a radiologist,” he said adding that she remained financially comfortable even though she could not work.

Acting Judge Cowdroy reserved his decision.

Originally published as Doctor fights ban over 10,000 texts, emails

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