Doctor who prescribed own medication keeps licence

  • 26/09/2015

A drunk and drugged doctor who wrote herself prescriptions for medications has escaped losing her medical licence.

The unnamed doctor instead received a one-year suspension from practising medicine, nine months of which have already been served, the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal decreed.

Other conditions include: random breath testing, monthly blood and urine tests for three years, monthly supervision for three years and a ban on writing prescriptions for two years.

She would also be made to attend an addiction support network and could not work on her own for three years.

It comes after the doctor was twice convicted for drink-driving.

She was also found to write prescriptions for, and take, codeine, Oxynorm, Sevredol and M-Eslon.

The doctor will be free to practise under the strict conditions in December.