Prominent Perth cardiologist Keith Woollard has launched legal action to overturn a finding that he acted carelessly during surgery that resulted in a fine and costs order totalling almost $100,000.
Dr Woollard said yesterday that an appeal had been lodged against a State Administrative Tribunal finding handed down in October that he had acted carelessly during an angioplasty procedure at the Mount Hospital in August 2006.
Dr Woollard, the husband of Independent MP Janet Woollard, said he was also appealing against the penalties - a $20,000 fine and costs of more than $77,000 - imposed by the tribunal late last month.
The tribunal also imposed a reprimand and a condition that Dr Woollard not perform any angioplasty or stenting surgery on his own until he had undertaken 75 of the procedures under direct supervision during a 12-month period.
Dr Woollard, who said he could not comment further while the case was before the courts, was found to have acted carelessly when an inflated balloon burst inside a 70-year-old patient's coronary artery during an operation.
The decision, which did not find Dr Woollard had acted incompetently during the surgery, came after a hearing in June last year into allegations by the Medical Board of Australia.
The tribunal found that Dr Woollard, a practitioner for more than 40 years and specialist cardiologist for more than 30 years, was careless because he caused the inflation of the balloon to a pressure of 18 atmospheres, four atmospheres above its rated burst pressure.The patient had to have emergency heart surgery and survived.
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