Doctor at centre of QLD vaccine bungle previously sanctioned over medical cannabis

The doctor at the centre of the Queensland vaccine bungle where two patients were given four times the correct dosage had previously been sanctioned.

Sujoy Roychowdhury was banned from possessing or prescribing medicinal cannabis and was required to be supervised in any practice he worked at, The Australian reports.

Under his conditions, employers are required to file monthly reports to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to confirm he complies with the sanctions.

Dr Roychowdhury was employed via Health Care Australia (HCA), which was contracted to administer COVID-19 vaccines across NSW and Queensland.

A doctor responsible for the Queensland COVID-19 vaccine dose bungle was previously sanctioned by the medical regulator. NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi
Camera IconA doctor responsible for the Queensland COVID-19 vaccine dose bungle was previously sanctioned by the medical regulator. NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi Credit: News Corp Australia

A spokesman for HCA told NCA NewsWire that while it was aware of the restrictions on Dr Roychowdhury’s licence, they did not bar him from administering the doses.

“The doctor involved in the nursing home incident is a registered medical practitioner on the APHRA register and there were no conditions on the doctor’s registration which prevented him administering vaccinations,” they said.

Dr Roychowdhury administered four times the recommended dosage to two elderly patients, a 94-year old woman and an 88-year old man, in Brisbane on Tuesday.

He was stood down after a nurse noticed and reported the mistake.

Neither patient suffered any ill effects, though the man…

The doctor at the centre of the Queensland vaccine bungle where two patients were given four times the correct dosage had previously been sanctioned.

Sujoy Roychowdhury was banned from possessing or prescribing medicinal cannabis and was required to be supervised in any practice he worked at, The Australian reports.

Under his conditions, employers are required to file monthly reports to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to confirm he complies with the sanctions.

Dr Roychowdhury was employed via Health Care Australia (HCA), which was contracted to administer COVID-19 vaccines across NSW and Queensland.

A doctor responsible for the Queensland COVID-19 vaccine dose bungle was previously sanctioned by the medical regulator. NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi
Camera IconA doctor responsible for the Queensland COVID-19 vaccine dose bungle was previously sanctioned by the medical regulator. NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi Credit: News Corp Australia

A spokesman for HCA told NCA NewsWire that while it was aware of the restrictions on Dr Roychowdhury’s licence, they did not bar him from administering the doses.

“The doctor involved in the nursing home incident is a registered medical practitioner on the APHRA register and there were no conditions on the doctor’s registration which prevented him administering vaccinations,” they said.

Dr Roychowdhury administered four times the recommended dosage to two elderly patients, a 94-year old woman and an 88-year old man, in Brisbane on Tuesday.

He was stood down after a nurse noticed and reported the mistake.

Neither patient suffered any ill effects, though the man…

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