No suspension for GP who altered records

The doctor with a high opioid prescribing rate blames poor typing for his neglected record-keeping

A GP who admitted to altering medical records before they were reviewed for an investigation into his prescribing practices has successfully appealed against the suspension of his medical registration.

The NSW GP came to the attention of the Professional Services Review because his prescribing placed him in the top 1% for oxycodone and tramadol, and in the top 2% for diazepam in the 12 months prior to 31 January 2017.

After reviewing the medical records, the Professional Services Review (PSR) advised the Medical Board of Australia it was apparent the GP was prescribing very high doses of opioids in combination.

In many cases, it was unclear why the medications were commenced or maintained, the PSR wrote.

The PSR also found that many of the records had been altered — some of them two years after the date of the Medicare service — and alleged this had been done “with the intention of misleading the PSR