Journal article

Vexatious, Misconceived and Avoidable Reports by Peers to Medical Regulators: · A Qualitative Study of Health

L THOMAS, M Bismark

Journal of Law and Medicine | Lawbook Co. | Published : 2017


The introduction of a mandatory duty to report health practitioners who engage in notifiable conduct has heightened concerns about the potential for notifications to be motivated by rivalry or spite, rather than genuine concern for patient safety. The research discussed in this article explores the views and experiences of health sector professionals in Australia regarding vexatious and misconceived notifications by doctors against other doctors. Interviewees believed most mandatory reports are made on strong grounds with sound motives. Under-reporting was seen as a more significant problem than over-reporting. Three types of inappropriate reports are identified: misconceived reports resulti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by research grants from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Avant Mutual Group. The research was undertaken independently of the funders.