Fast forward - 15 February 2012

ON THE surface it reads like a case of history repeating itself, given it was just 12 months ago that the Professional Services Review (PSR) was forced to suspend – then ultimately drop – all 36 cases then before its panels following revelations that its panellists had not been properly appointed.

But in an eerie coincidence, in 2002 the fates of all 36 cases before the PSR panels were similarly thrown into jeopardy following a landmark Federal Court decision ruling on the case of an Adelaide based ophthalmologist, Dr Jagjit Singh Pradhan.

While the 36 cases in 2002 were eventually able to be resumed and completed as normal, the court ruled in the Pradhan case that the review had to specifically state what it was investigating when examining a practitioner’s billing practices rather than relying on a general complaint from Medicare.

Following the ruling, subsequent federal amendments to the legislation governing the PSR both