GP has restrictions lifted after using chaperone

In July, the Medical Board of Australia’s Queensland Medical Interim Notifications Group found Queensland-based Dr Glen Pearse engaged in conduct that amounted to professional misconduct in relation to an April consult with a woman presenting for an annual checkup and Pap smear.

The woman’s complaint, published by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, said she asked Dr Pearse to “check for a lump on the side of my groin”.

“Because I was going to have my breast checked, I took off my top and pulled my shorts and underwear down to my knees. He was feeling my groin for the lump and then said, ‘I could do this all day’. My first thought was ‘oh my god’,” the woman said in her complaint.

After Dr Pearse finished checking the woman’s groin, she said: “He then quickly pulled down my shorts and underwear. It shocked me and then I thought he must be in a hurry.