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Dr Woollard cops surgery ban
Dr Woollard cops surgery ban

Cardiologist and former Australian Medical Association president Keith Woollard has been banned from performing heart surgery without the prior consent of his peers.

Dr Woollard, the husband of independent West Australian MP Janet Woollard, must submit detailed reports to the Medical Board of Australia about every patient he sees while an investigation into his conduct is carried out following a complaint against him, News Limited reports.

It is understood the complaint alleged Dr Woollard failed to ensure anticoagulant was administered before he performed an angioplasty, a procedure to widen a blood vessel.

News Ltd said the matter had been referred to the State Administrative Tribunal and an interim order was put in place suspending him from performing angioplasties without the consent of a review panel comprising fellow cardiologists.

Dr Woollard could not immediately be reached for comment, but told News Ltd he would fight the allegation and also a separate allegation he inflated a balloon catheter beyond the recommended level during an angioplasty.

The news comes less than three weeks after Dr Woollard and his wife, an experienced nurse and medical researcher, agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a claim by Kate Campbell, who took civil action against their son Luke.

Ms Campbell took the action after she was critically injured when Luke, 23, crashed his father's uninsured boat on Perth's Canning River in November 2007 following a heavy drinking session.

He was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

The Woollards had previously refused to pay the civil claim on behalf of their son, despite bankrolling his failed legal defence.