Patient care Photo: SuppliedA Brisbane doctor has been suspended for two years after forging letters to try and derail a medical board investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.
Raj Chandra, a GP with more than 30 years’ experience, admitted sending the letters to the Medical Board of Australia and to the lawyers of a woman who had accused him of making inappropriate comments and touching her buttocks.
Dr Chandra initially came to the attention of the board when the woman complained about his conduct during an examination at the Donald Road Medical Centre in Cleveland on September 9, 2011.
The woman, who was wearing shorts with a broken seam at the front, was having two moles on her right thigh examined.
Dr Chandra asked the woman words to the effect of: “Are you trying to give me an erection? Please move away from me”, according to a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision published last week.
He then tapped her on the buttock as she was leaving the consultation room. The woman’s young daughter was in the room during the incident.
After the woman made a complaint Dr Chandra brought defamation action against the woman.
She, in turn, began legal proceedings against him and in early 2014 Dr Chandra forged letters to the medical board and the woman’s lawyers.
The letter to the board, purportedly signed by the woman, asserted that she had tried to “frame” him and would be withdrawing the allegations.
A similar faked letter written to her lawyers said she had come to an “amicable settlement” with Dr Chandra and would no longer be proceeding with legal action.
QCAT Judge Brad Farr SC described the forgery as “dishonest behaviour of a significant nature”.
“The behaviour of the registrant in sending these letters was extraordinary to say the least and in every sense of the word dishonest,” he said.
Dr Chandra later admitted to inappropriate behaviour during the September 2011 consultation and creating the fake letters.
He was also found guilty of breaching conditions that had been imposed by the medical board after the misconduct incident, which required him to only treat female patients accompanied by an over-age chaperone and keep extensive records.
The Medical Board said Dr Chandra had failed to comply with the conditions 183 times between October 25, 2012 and July 31, 2013.
Judge Farr found Dr Chandra guilty of professional misconduct and suspended him from practising for two years from the date of the judgment, which was May 20 this year.
He was also ordered to keep detailed female patient and chaperone records for a year, once he is allowed to return to practice.
Judge Farr ordered Dr Chandra to pay $85,000 in costs to the medical board.
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