The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against former Laurieton doctor Peter Mayne before a Medical Professional Standards Committee this month.
The commission alleged that Dr Mayne’s diagnosis of Lyme disease and treatment of a patient in 2012 and early 2013 amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct. It was alleged that Dr Mayne failed to investigate whether the patient might have cancer.
The commission alleged Dr Mayne failed to obtain informed consent from the patient for experimental therapy from March 2012 to January 2013 and maintained poor records for the patient.
The Health Care Complaints Commission statement says, “The patient did not have Lyme disease and Dr Mayne continued to maintain at the hearing that he did. Dr Mayne disputed most of the allegations but made some admissions which he sought to justify.”
On May 1, 2017, the committee found all allegations against Dr Mayne proven.
The Committee reprimanded Dr Mayne and, as he is not currently a registered medical practitioner, the committee ordered that should he return to the register, he must meet several conditions including not advise, diagnose or treat patients he believes may have Lyme disease or similar tick-borne diseases.
The patient did not have Lyme disease.Health Care Complaints Commission report