Queensland surgeon faces sanctions

Dr William Joseph Fitzgerald admitted to unsatisfactory professional conduct over post-operative care of the patient, at the Mater Hospital in Mackay, after performing a laparotomy and a right ovarian cystectomy on 5 January 2009.

After the patient’s condition began to decline on 9 January, a nurse recorded that the patient and her husband wanted a physician to be consulted.

Dr Fitzgerald advised the couple on 10 January that the woman may have peritonitis but it was slowly resolving.

When her husband again requested a