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Doctor Disciplined For Unprofessional Conduct

A prominent Fijian doctor’s license to practice medicine has been revoked and her general registration suspended for 10 years by the Fiji Medical and Dental Professional Conduct Tribunal. In a
14 Aug 2016 10:37
Doctor Disciplined For Unprofessional Conduct
Litiana Browne

A prominent Fijian doctor’s license to practice medicine has been revoked and her general registration suspended for 10 years by the Fiji Medical and Dental Professional Conduct Tribunal.

In a judgement delivered by the Tribunal on July 8, Dr Litiana Browne was alleged to have committed unprofessional conduct, in the course of providing medical care and treatment to a Shanta Wati Krishna (deceased).

According to a Notice of Complaint by the Fiji Medical Council (FMC) filed against Dr Browne, she was alleged to have committed unprofessional conduct contrary to section 55(1)(c) and section 2(2) (b) of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Decree 2010.

It stated that the deceased was first seen by Dr Browne on April 19, 2012, with a history of post-menopausal bleeding.

After medical examination and consultation by Dr Browne, the deceased underwent a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) on April 30, 2012, at the Suva Private Hospital (SPH) without the benefit of endometrial sampling to confirm whether her conditions were cancer related.

She was later discharged, post operation, on May 3, 2012.

The Notice of Complaint further revealed that during the deceased’s care at the SPH, Dr Browne was aware of the persistent abdominal pain, nausea, body pain and vomiting of the deceased, until her discharge.

On April 19, 2012, the deceased informed Dr Browne at the initial consultation at Suva Bayview Medical Centre (Bayview) that she had been bleeding for about three weeks and wanted her baby bag removed.

At the initial consultation, Dr Browne informed the deceased that she had to undergo a Dilation and Curetage (D & C) to rule out endometrial cancer which would cost $2000.

The deceased was re-admitted to the SPH on May 5, 2012 with the same symptoms noted before being subsequently transferred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) where she received medical attention until she died on July 4, 2012.

Dr Browne, in her Statement of Response to the Allegations denied that she committed any unprofessional conduct.

She also denied she was negligent and contended the operation cured the deceased from post-menopausal bleeding and was also a preventative treatment against uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers.

The Tribunal, consisting of Justice David Alfred, Dr Lisa Tikoduadua and Dr Abdul Wahid Khan ordered Dr Browne to pay the Fiji Medical Council a fine of $5000 within 30 days from the date of the order. They also ordered that she be disqualified from being registered generally for a period of 10 years with effect from the date of the order.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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