Struck-off doctor who duped DHBs loses appeal against deregistration

Hirron Fernando deceived the Hawke's Bay and Capital & Coast district health boards into supplying patient details ...
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Hirron Fernando deceived the Hawke's Bay and Capital & Coast district health boards into supplying patient details without consent.

A former Hawke's Bay trainee doctor who duped two DHBs into revealing confidential medical information about members of his family has lost an appeal against being struck off.

Former Hawke's Bay DHB surgical registrar Hirron Fernando was struck off the medical register last year after a Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal hearing.

The tribunal was told Fernando deceived staff at both the Capital & Coast and Hawke's Bay DHBs in 2014 to obtain medical details of two members of his family, which he then used in British legal proceedings against them.

He told one DHB staff member he was "desperate" to obtain the medical history of a patient who was in "no fit state" to provide consent themselves.

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The tribunal cancelled Fernando's medical registration, censured him and ordered him to pay costs related to the hearing.

Fernando is understood to be living overseas and did not attend last year's tribunal hearing.

He appealed to the High Court, arguing the tribunal did not have jurisdiction over him because he was not in New Zealand when he obtained the information from the DHBs, nor when the charges against him were laid.

But in a written judgment, Justice John Faire dismissed the appeal.

The judge said Fernando's deceptive conduct took place "partly" in New Zealand, and "the grounds on which health practitioners may be disciplined are not expressly restricted to conduct carried out in New Zealand".

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He ordered Fernando to pay costs related to the High Court appeal.

 - Stuff

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