GP guilty of pressuring patient for money

The Medical Council of NSW’s Professional Standards Committee found Sydney Northern Beaches based Dr Joachim Fluhrer’s behaviour fell “significantly below the relevant standard and is improper and unethical” in relation to the loan, which was never repaid.

The committee said Dr Fluhrer had denied most aspects of the complaint, including that he asked the couple for a loan, that he only considered the loan was from the woman’s husband, who wasn’t his patient, and that he had never gone to the couple’s home to discuss the loan and ultimately have them sign it in March 2006.

But the committee did not accept his version of events and said that not only did he request the loan, he pressured the couple into it, as “the very fact of a doctor asking a patient for money can amount to putting pressure on the patient”, plus he made the request several times.

They testified