A WA health doctor who allegedly failed to properly oversee a patient at an emergency department for more than three months has been jailed for three years.
Dr Matthew Ayliffe was convicted at the Waverley District Court of two counts of failing to properly care for a patient and one count of failing in his role as a medical practitioner to supervise a patient in his practice.
The trial heard Ayliffe was involved in a five-month-long emergency in February last year when the man who had died of an apparent heart attack came into the emergency department with a severe infection.
It was found the patient was in the ICU for two weeks before he died.
His family said it was a “devastating” time and a “heart-wrenching” experience.
Ayliffe’s barrister said his client had no prior medical training.
“He has spent his entire life working as a doctor, he was a member of the profession, he had been involved in care for decades,” said barrister Paul Jones.
He said he was not aware of any other medical professional who had faced the same situation.
Jones told the court Ayliffs involvement in a patient’s ICU care was “totally unprecedented”.
“What is so astonishing about the events in this case is that a doctor has not been able to supervising an individual in his care for three months.
Dr Ayleiffe, who was a general practitioner in Waverleys North Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to supervire and failing to protect the health and welfare of a patient. “
(Dr Aylifes) failed to take appropriate action on this serious matter and it is in this capacity that he has failed to uphold his ethical and professional obligations.”
Dr Ayleiffe, who was a general practitioner in Waverleys North Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to supervire and failing to protect the health and welfare of a patient.
Outside court, his father said his son was a doctor who cared for thousands of patients in his home town.
Mr Ayliefe said his family had lost a family member, who he said was “a good man, a good doctor”.
He described the family’s grief and the anguish it had caused as “unbearable”.
Dr Ayles sentencing hearing continues on Wednesday.
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