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Indo-Australian doc faces 10-yr ban

Dr Suman Sood is charged with gross professional misconduct by the medical tribunal of New South Wales.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 14:54 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

An Indian Australian gynaecologist has been banned for 10 years after the New South Wales (NSW) medical tribunal probing a case of abortion concluded that she was "not of good character".

Suman Sood, 56, was charged with manslaughter in November 2005 for allegedly failing to follow the procedures that make abortion legal in the state of NSW.

The tribunal found Sood guilty of gross professional misconduct following a hearing of 11 complaints against her, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The respondent is deregistered and further the respondent is not to reapply for re-registration as a medical practitioner for 10 years," Judge Stephen Walmsley said in his ruling Thursday.

The tribunal also found that Sood lacked competence as a medical practitioner, was dishonest and knowingly misled the NSW medical board and the district court.

"This case shows very clearly a need to protect the public from an incompetent and dishonest medical practitioner and assist to maintain public trust in the medical profession," the ruling stated.

Sood is the first doctor in NSW since 1971 to be tried over an abortion case. She was charged with giving a 20-year-old woman, who was about 23 weeks pregnant, an abortion drug at her clinic in Fairfeld, southwest of Sydney, in May 2002.

First Published: Oct 06, 2006 14:54 IST