GP struck off after partner dies from overdose

Dr Annette Dao Quynh Do was found guilty in April 2013 of professional misconduct for improperly treating her drug-dependent partner between July 2006 and June 2008 with drugs of addiction, including morphine and pethidine, and the tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline.

Her partner died from an overdose of amitriptyline in June 2008.

According to court documents, Dr Do diagnosed cluster headaches in the man in 2006, soon after he came to live with her in Sydney. The opinion was confirmed by a neurologist, who diagnosed “true cluster headache with super-imposed abnormal illness behaviour”.

In the period from August 2006 to June 2008, Dr Do repeatedly prescribed morphine, pethidine and anticonvulsants for pain management, as well as several antipsychotic medications and amitriptyline. She also arranged consultations for her partner with seven specialists – two neurologists, a pain specialist, an eye