Australia’s medical watchdog can review orthopaedic surgeon Gary Fettke’s case if new information is provided, an agency spokesman has confirmed.
It comes after Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the Tasmanian Health Service was considering options to provide additional information to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Mr Fettke, who is an advocate for a low carbohydrate diet, was officially cautioned by AHPRA in 2016, against giving dietary advice to his patients.
His Launceston General Hospital contract was due to expire on March 10, and he said last month he would not sign a new contract unless his name was cleared.
However, on Friday, he signed a six-month contract “in good faith” and said he would take leave without pay until a resolution was found.
His wife, Belinda, said they wanted an opportunity for AHPRA to reopen the case because “they might not have been given all the right information or the information supplied was vexatious, so they’ve made their ruling on something that was falsified”.
“It’s life-long and non-appealable so we can’t appeal it, so what we’re trying to say is, it was not the right material - you weren’t given the opportunity to have an unbiased view of what’s happened,” she said.
An AHPRA spokesman said decisions made by a board “follow careful consideration of the information and evidence available”.
“Before any decision is made to impose a condition or caution, the practitioner has the opportunity to make submissions and provide further information to the board,” he said.
“Sometimes new information becomes available later, which would have been highly relevant if it was available to the board when it made its decision.
“Any new information submitted to the board will be carefully considered to determine whether a further decision should be made by the board.”
A spokeswoman for Mr Ferguson said last week it was “inappropriate to comment further” while the government remained in caretaker mode.