Dr Richard Reid suspended after NSW Medical Council hearing

 COMPLAINT: Obstetrician and gynaecologist  Richard Reid.
COMPLAINT: Obstetrician and gynaecologist Richard Reid.

A FORMER University of Newcastle associate professor has been suspended from practising medicine after a NSW Medical Council hearing.

Dr Richard Reid’s Central Coast and Sydney offices are closed after a Medical Council hearing on July 18.

Dr Reid, a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist who is believed to have many Hunter patients, was suspended under section 150 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law requiring the Medical Council to act ‘‘for the protection of the health and safety of any person or persons or if it is otherwise in the public interest to do so’’.

The Medical Council yesterday  said it was unable to provide reasons for the suspension because of ‘‘confidentiality requirements’’.

The move follows conditions placed on Dr Reid’s practice conditions in September 2011 after a performance review panel hearing. The conditions included that he obtain ‘‘valid informed consent for the surgery which he performs’’.

Dr Reid was a University of Newcastle associate professor between 2009 and 2011.

In a statement of claim lodged with Gosford District Court in November last year, a former patient of Dr Reid’s claimed he was not entitled to call himself ‘‘professor’’ or ‘‘associate professor’’.

The claim for damages after surgery on the former patient in 2010 returned to court yesterday for a status conference between lawyers representing Dr Reid and the patient, a woman aged 56.

The woman alleges she suffered physical and emotional damage that has affected her employment after surgery by Dr Reid between August and October 2010 that included the surgical placement of mesh grafts  to treat a gynaecological condition.

The woman claims she did not sign a consent form for the use of the mesh. Repeated complaints about  pain led to further surgery.

In a statement of claim, the woman said that by March 2011, she had ‘‘lost confidence in the defendant’s [Dr Reid’s] medical skills’’, and was referred to another specialist.

A short time later, the specialist removed infected mesh, it said.

Dr Reid’s solicitor, David Brown, said the doctor did not have any comment to make, apart from ‘‘the allegations have been denied’’.

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