No insurance leads to GP’s 10-week suspension

Dr Il-Song Lee was prosecuted by the Health Care Complaints Commission for practising without professional indemnity insurance for five years between 2002 and 2007.

The commission argued Dr Lee had made false statements to the NSW Medical Board declaring that he held professional indemnity insurance, which has been a requirement of medical registration since 2002.

Dr Lee was one of four GPs who successfully challenged the validity of findings from PSR committees in the Federal Court earlier this year on the grounds that some of the committee members were improperly appointed.

The government has sought leave to appeal the Federal Court decision in the High Court.

Dr Lee admitted to the tribunal that he had practised without professional indemnity insurance but denied he had intentionally misrepresented that he was insured in his annual statements to the medical board.

The tribunal found Dr Lee guilty of professional misconduct,