Daniel Burdon reports:
A Canberra anaesthetist has been banned from practising medical research for a year and had a finding of professional misconduct made against him in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The Medical Board of Australia took Dr Melhuish to the tribunal after a long-running dispute between Dr Melhuish and ACT Health over a 2011-12 research project examining clinical outcomes for patients treated with blood transfusions while being airlifted to TCH by Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter.
The dispute began when Dr Melhuish complained the protection of patient data on the project was compromised. This was internally investigated and dismissed, but later led to the Medical Board’s involvement after Dr Melhuish began releasing confidential information about patients involved to several outside parties.
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