GP guilty of unqualified cancer surgery

A SYDNEY GP who failed to refer a patient with a recurrent skin cancer to a specialist, then unsuccessfully tried to remove it himself despite being unqualified, has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct and formally reprimanded.

The Medical Council of NSW’s Professional Standards Committee also found Dr Nadi Hanna had inappropriately treated the basal cell carcinoma on the patient’s eyelid by prescribing Aldara Cream (imiquimod), failed to follow up pathology results after performing the inappropriate wedge excision, and kept unsatisfactory notes.

In its ruling, the committee said Dr Hanna admitted to most of the particulars against him, although he maintained he tried to refer the elderly patient at his South Sydney practice to a specialist as early as 2004 but the patient refused. He had also claimed he had training that qualified him to remove the cancer.

The committee said Dr Hanna claimed that from 2004 until 2007, when