GP defies ‘exclusion zone’ contract – and judge approves

In a judgement handed down on 10 April, the NSW Supreme Court stated that Dr Edward Butterworth sold his former practice in Sydney’s CBD to Idameneo (Primary Health Care) for $200,000 in 2009.

As part of the sale, Dr Butterworth signed a contract agreeing not to render medical services at any other location within a 5km radius of the clinic or within the same distance of a Primary-run clinic located on nearby George Street for a period of five years.

Under the arrangement, Dr Butterworth began working at the George Street clinic and agreed to pay