The doctor at the center of the Queensland vaccine failure, in which two patients received four times the correct dose, had previously been sanctioned.
Sujoy Roychowdhury was banned from possessing or prescribing medicinal cannabis and had to be supervised in every practice he worked in, reports The Australian.
Under his terms, employers are required to file monthly reports with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to confirm he is complying with the sanctions.
Dr. Roychowdhury was employed by Health Care Australia (HCA), which was tasked with delivering COVID-19 vaccines in NSW and Queensland.
Camera iconA doctor in charge of the COVID-19 vaccine dose in Queensland was previously sanctioned by the medical regulator. NCA NewsWire / Bianca De Marchi Photo credit: News Corp Australia
An HCA spokesman told NCA NewsWire that while the limitations of Dr. Roychowdhury knew, but did not prevent him from administering the doses.
“The doctor involved in the nursing home incident is a doctor on the APHRA registry, and the doctor’s registry did not contain any conditions preventing him from getting any 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 resigned after a nurse noticed and reported the bug.
None of the patients suffered any adverse effects, despite the fact that the man had delayed life-saving heart surgery as a precaution.
Dr. Roychowdhury had not received mandatory online training prior to administering the doses, and HCA CEO Jason Cartwright agreed to step down while an investigation was opened.
Camera iconPractices that occupied the doctor had to monitor him. Photo credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Emma Brasier
The government was furious about the mistake, which the deputy chief physician Michael Kidd described as “unacceptable”.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “very upset” about the mistake.
“That doctor had no training – now we have two elderly people who could be anyone’s mother or father or aunt or uncle who are now in the hospital,” she said.
“I don’t want that to happen again. Let’s make sure the training takes place. It’s too important. “
HCA initially informed the federal government that Dr. Roychowdhury completed his online training before changing that advice.
The government was furious at the development, which forced Health Secretary Greg Hunt to correct the records in parliament.
But Prime Minister Scott Morrison downplayed the incident, saying that while hiccups were inevitable in a “vaccination program of this magnitude”, steps had been taken to correct them.
“Where things don’t quite go according to plan, they are dealt with quickly, as you’ve seen this week,” he said.
The comments came just hours before a second goof was revealed.
150 doses of the vaccine were discarded on Friday as there was no guarantee that they would be stored at the correct subzero temperature.
The incident occurred after the cans were mistakenly dispensed to an elderly care center in Melbourne, which received twice the required number of cans.
A health ministry statement said vaccine waste was 0.15 percent in the first week of the rollout, well below expectations.