Mandatory notification: Tribunal slams 'code of silence'

A TRIBUNAL has issued a scathing indictment of the “code of silence” among health practitioners that deterred a GP and other health workers from notifying AHPRA about a drug-using pharmacist.

Nicholas Orr was banned for three years on Friday after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found he had misappropriated nearly 1000 opioid tablets, practised while intoxicated and falsified records to cover his tracks.

The tribunal said Mr Orr had undergone a detox program in December 2011, two years before his misconduct, but none of the many health