Cosmetic GP suspended for defying conscious sedation ban

The doctor, who argued promethazine was not sedative, lost an appeal against his suspension under emergency powers: NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

A cosmetic surgeon, who claimed promethazine did not have a sedative effect, has failed to convince a tribunal to overturn his suspension for giving the drug and fentanyl to procedural patients despite being banned from administering conscious sedation.

The Sydney-based GP was suspended last July following an immediate action hearing, with the Medical Council of NSW finding his continued administration of conscious sedation in contravention of his conditions to be “premeditated and deliberate”.