Lifetime ban never requested for doctors: HCCC

THE head of the NSW healthcare watchdog says a lifetime ban is never requested during deliberations on a malpractice complaint against a doctor.

Kieran Pehm, head of the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), says five years is considered a long ban.

The child sex abuse royal commission is currently investigating how health regulators handled complaints against John Rolleston, who was jailed in 2011 for sexually molesting a number of young boys in the 1970s at medical practices in Sydney.

A former hospital