Dealing with vexatious patients

The RACGP says it wants deterrents and sanctions for patients targeting doctors with vexatious complaints.

The call follows long-running fears about the way health professionals can be dragged into the complaint system.

Last month, it emerged that a psychologist endured five investigations by AHPRA in three years, all based on a complainant who was part of a Family Court case where the psychologist gave evidence.

The saga only ended after the psychologist threatened to take out a court intervention order against the complainant for stalking and harassment.

The case was outlined by the