1 Sep 2015

Auckland doctor escapes ban from practising

5:54 pm on 1 September 2015

An Auckland doctor who wrote dozens of false medical certificates for language students has been censured, but will not be banned from practising.

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has issued its ruling against Daniel Lawrence Quistorff.

A court had already convicted him for giving out the false certificates while he worked for the Auckland District Health Board in 2011.

The tribunal said he used the identity of another doctor to disguise his own, and giving out false medical certificates on 37 occasions over eight months could not be excused as a one-off lapse of judgement.

But it has acknowledged the very real penalty he has already paid before the court, financially, his prolonged suspension awaiting trial and the distress he has suffered as a result of publicity.

It ordered him to pay $10,000 in costs but he can practise again, under special conditions and supervision for the next three years.