Doctor fined for deadly fitness to drive error

A Queensland doctor has been reprimanded and fined $10,000 for issuing a medical certificate declaring an epileptic man fit to drive before he was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian.

Dr Steven Andrew, who worked at an Ipswich general practice, escaped suspension but was found guilty of professional misconduct in a case brought by the Medical Board of Australia.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) heard that Dr Andrew certified the man with a history of post traumatic epilepsy as fit to drive, contrary to the recommendation of a neurologist.

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