Auckland GP fined nearly $19,000 for failing to meet re-certification requirements

General practitioner Dr Kim Brabant was handed a hefty fine for failing to comply with professional development standards.
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General practitioner Dr Kim Brabant was handed a hefty fine for failing to comply with professional development standards.

An Auckland doctor has been censured and ordered to pay almost $19,000 after failing to complete a professional development programme.

The New Zealand Health Practitioners Tribunal found Dr Kim Brabant failed to participate in an annual professional development "re-certification" programme over a four-year period.

The programme includes 20 hours of continuing medical education, 10 hours of peer review and a medical practice audit.

The tribunal also found the GP, who formerly worked at Onewa Road Doctors in Northcote, failed to maintain his $1380 annual registration with programme provider Inpractice.

He also failed to provide an "adequate explanation" for his failure to complete activities or comply with re-certification requirements.

Brabant was also found guilty of professional misconduct for making two false entries in his Inpractice portfolio. 

At a hearing in Auckland, the Medical Council of New Zealand said it had made "considerable effort" to engage with and help Brabant comply with the professional development standards.

The council's manager of the Practising Certificates, Helen Vercoelen, said Brabant was one of a "very small minority of doctors who consistently fail to comply with re-certification requirements".

He seemed unwilling to do so, "despite the numerous opportunities and warnings about the consequences", she said.

In 2016 the council suspended Brabant's ability to practice as a result of his "failed re-certification". 

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Brabant did not appear before the tribunal, but his correspondence with the Medical Council and Inpractice was presented and taken into consideration.

His responses to Inpractice and the Medical Council were "sporadic", the tribunal said.

"Dr Brabant appears not to have acknowledged much of the correspondence sent to him by the Medical Council.

"There are also some emails in which Dr Brabant made brief, general excuses for his non-compliance, such as being busy, being on vacation, forgetting or being unaware of deadlines or believing he did not need to participate in Inpractice."

It found Brabant blamed financial constraints and lack of peer support as the main reasons for his non-compliance.   

The tribunal said it could only give his explanations "limited" weight due to lack of any other direct evidence.

In a decision released Tuesday the doctor was censured, fined $3000, and ordered to pay $15,918 in costs.

He was also ordered to practice under supervision for the next 18 months.

 - Stuff

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