Pre hearing information
The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that Dr Pooley inappropriately issued online prescriptions to 19 patients.
It is alleged his prescribing was inappropriate because he failed to obtain an adequate medical history, adequately assess the patient, have adequate knowledge of each patient’s health, establish a clear diagnosis, or formulate an adequate and appropriate treatment plan. It is alleged that Dr Pooley issued the prescriptions in the absence of such information despite the medication having a habit forming potential, and when doing so would undermine any support needs of the patient in relation to dependence on prescribed drugs.
It is further alleged that Dr Pooley issued the prescriptions without adequate and appropriate safeguarding as he failed to decline to prescribe medication that had a risk of causing dependency and redirect the patient to their own GP.
Please note: This is a joint hearing with Dr Dharmasena. Information about the allegation against Dr Dharmasena can be found here.
This reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.
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