GP reprimanded for co-opting receptionist for procedures

A MELBOURNE GP who admitted enlisting her receptionist to help with liposuction and skin excision procedures has been banned from performing the procedures for two years.

Dr Usha Devi Venkataraman was reprimanded and fined $2000 by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and ordered to undertake further training after she admitted to unprofessional conduct of a serious nature.

The order related to procedures performed by Dr Venkataraman on three patients between May 2005 and October 2006, during which she performed liposuction and administered intravenous anaesthetic without another appropriately trained person in attendance. 

She also performed a skin excision that was not within her expertise and failed to keep adequate records.

The tribunal found Dr Venkataraman had been assisted in several procedures by her receptionist, who had been trained in sterilisation, wound infection and CPR.

The tribunal found Dr