Dr. Lee Gruner Bacchus Marsh doctor had her registration canceled by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. What happened?
Lee Gruner held the position of consultant director of medical services at Bacchus Marsh Hospital, located west of Melbourne, from 2009 to 2015.
She is also the president of RACMA. As the President of RACMA and with a background in senior positions in both public and private health services, Dr. Lee has been working as a health services and management consultant since 1997.
Her areas of expertise include organization-wide continuous quality improvement (CQI), strategic planning, review of health services, organization change, clinical risk management, and consumer participation mechanisms.
In addition to her consulting work, she has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching at Monash University, RACMA, and the ACHS. She has trained others in designing and delivering workshops.
Dr. Lee has also facilitated numerous health services and government events and provides group and individual coaching for health executives.
Lee Gruner – Bacchus Marsh Doctor Had Her Registration Cancelled
Lee Gruner’s registration has canceled by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Monday.
A former consultant director of a regional Victorian hospital has been found guilty of three allegations of professional misconduct during her time at the hospital.
As a result, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) banned her from practicing medicine for ten years.
The allegations against Dr. Gruner included failure to ensure the safe delivery of clinical services and inadequate understanding of her professional obligations.
According to the tribunal, Dr. Gruner persisted in her role despite knowing she could not fulfill the requirements safely or adequately.
Additionally, the tribunal found that she did not request a clear and documented statement of her expected professional obligations while continuing in the role.
This decision marks the resolution of the last tribunal matter concerning practitioners employed at Bacchus Marsh Hospital between October 2011 and February 2013, as investigated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Medical Board of Australia.
The hospital had experienced several stillbirths and newborn deaths between 2011 and 2013, and a review later found that several deaths between 2013 and 2014 could have been prevented.
In response to the VCAT decision, the chair of the Medical Board of Australia, Anne Tonkin, emphasized that those in clinical leadership roles must be fully aware of their responsibilities and that tragedies should not occur for lessons of professional misconduct to be learned.
What Was Dr. Gruner’s Involvement In The Final Tribunal Case?
Dr. Gruner was the final tribunal case following the investigation of practitioners working at Bacchus Marsh Hospital between October 2011 to February 2013.
She was banned from practicing medicine for ten years after the tribunal made three findings of professional misconduct against her, including failing to ensure the safe delivery of clinical services and continuing in her role without a clear understanding of her professional obligations.
Other investigated individuals include former obstetrics director Surinder Parhar, who was banned from applying for registration for 12 years, former nursing director Julia Meek and maternity services manager Mary Little, who were both banned for ten years.
In addition, several other health practitioners, including senior midwives, junior doctors, a clinical support director, and a physiotherapist, were reprimanded or had conditions placed on their registration.
A total of 43 registered health practitioners at the hospital between 2008 and 2015 were the subject of concerns, with nine referred to the civil and administrative tribunal, six cautioned, and six subjected to registration conditions.