I was copying colleagues, says GP who prescribed to doctor-shoppers

A GP banned for 18 months for prescribing to doctor-shoppers says she is ashamed and embarrassed about her actions, but alleges that she was copying her colleagues' prescribing habits.

Dr Mengyi Chen, a GP since 2009, told the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal that she “followed the same pattern” of other doctors who prescribed without authority at her clinic in Telopea, in Sydney’s north-west.

“I think this dependency and subservience resulted from a lack of knowledge

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