THE NSW Medical Council placed Dr Richard Reid under practice conditions in 2011, including that he obtain ‘‘valid informed consent for the surgery he performs’’, after complaints and at least three civil settlements against him.
He was suspended in July last year and his offices in Sydney and the Central Coast were closed after the Medical Council determined he posed a risk to the public with his use of the Tissue Fixation System of mesh products to treat women’s prolapse problems after childbirth.
‘From our investigations it seems many women were not given enough clear information about why they needed to have this procedure with this device and they have been left with very poor outcomes, which in many cases are irreparable’
Dr Reid was reinstated in November after appealing to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which noted the ‘‘experimental’’ nature of some of his work.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration deregistered the Tissue Fixation System mesh products a week later.
The Civil and Administrative Tribunal was told there were 14 complaints against Dr Reid between 2002 and 2014.
The Medical Council barred Dr Reid from performing major surgery in March. He was also ordered not to treat patients in consultation with deregistered South Australian psychologist Marek Jantos, who was found guilty of gross professional negligence, malpractice and misconduct in 2007 over his treatment of a female patient.
The Health Care Complaints Commission is investigating a number of complaints against Dr Reid.
Maurice Blackburn principal Anna Walsh said her law firm was likely to be issuing court proceedings in a few months on behalf of several women who received the Tissue Fixation System mesh product during surgery by Dr Reid.
‘‘From our investigations so far it seems that many women were not given enough clear information about why they needed to have this procedure with this device and they have been left with very poor outcomes which in many cases are irreparable,’’ Ms Walsh said.
Dr Reid’s colleague Dr Peter Petros, who developed the Tissue Fixation System, is also being investigated by the Health Care Complaints Commission.
Dr Petros did not respond to a request for comment.