GP reprimanded for treating cancer patient with Venus flytrap

A GP has been reprimanded for treating a cancer patient with $20,000 worth of intravenous vitamin C, and Venus flytrap and mistletoe extracts, sold by a company of which he was a director and shareholder.

Dr William Henry Barnes, from Cannington, WA, sold the alternative treatments to the now-deceased patient, Penelope Brown, who had been diagnosed with rectal cancer and malignant metastases.

These were administered on 70 occasions between November 2003 and September 2004 at a cost of at least $20,000, Western Australia’s State Administrative Tribunal was told.

During a consultation with the