Misconduct 20 years ago catches up with GP

A NSW GP has been suspended for six months after being found guilty of inappropriately supplying narcotics and developing an inappropriate relationship with a patient and her family.

Dr Elizabeth Millard was found guilty of professional misconduct last month for the offences, which occurred more than two decades ago, between 1986 and 1989. 

According to evidence presented by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), Dr Millard became attached to the patient and her family because she “yearned for the comfort of family ties”.

Dr Millard stayed overnight at the patient’s house on two occasions, and in September 1988 began a sexual relationship with the patient. During the course of their relationship, the patient – who had chronic pain caused by sciatica and migraines and was having trouble coping with her family – overdosed on narcotics on four occasions. 

Dr Millard took full responsibility