GP to pay $428k over contract clash

A GOLD Coast GP and his family company have been ordered to pay more than $428,000 to IPN Medical Centres after he abandoned a five-year contract after only six months. 

Dr Ronald Graydon Van Houten, a family and cosmetic medicine practitioner, sold his former practice to IPN for $320,000 and agreed to work at IPN’s Mermaid Beach medical centre under an agreement that called for him to bill $525,000 a year and retain 50% of his earnings.

Dr Van Houten began work at Mermaid Beach in November 2007, but he quit without notice the following June, alleging IPN had