Sydney GP has been fined $25,000 after three patients contracted hepatitis C

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Intravenous news: The Sydney Morning Herald report “An eastern Sydney GP has been fined $25,000 after three patients contracted hepatitis C at his clinic. As well as imposing a fine $2,500 less than the maximum penalty available, the NSW Medical Tribunal reprimanded Dr Daniel Hameiri “in the strongest terms”.

It refused to continue a suppression order on his name, but emphasised that the Double Bay doctor has had “rigorous infection controls” in place for the past four years. Dr Hameiri’s practice provided intravenous and intramuscular vitamin therapies. One patient was diagnosed with hepatitis C in March 2005, another in January 2007 and a third in February 2007.

According to agreed facts, they acquired the virus “via the spread of infected blood during intravenous procedures” performed at Dr Hameiri’s practice. The GP admitted unsatisfactory professional conduct between November 2004 and March 2007, including his failure to have written infection control policies in place. He had ineffective standards for the safe use, handling and disposal of sharps; in managing blood or body substance spills; and in the training of staff in minimising cross-infection. Dr Hameiri also admitted professional misconduct in relation to the use of multi-doses of vitamin C (marked `single use’), vitamin B and magnesium sulphate.”

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