Qld Oncologist Melanoma Death

Qld Oncologist resigned from his medical registration after his misconduct led to the Melanoma patient’s death.

Former Mater Hospital director of oncology Paul Norman Mainwaring most recently worked at Oxley’s Canossa Private Hospital.

Paul is currently the co-founder and CEO of the biotech Company XING Technologies, which specializes in Cancer diagnosis.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s John Robertson found that the 57-year-“multiple old’s failures,” in particular, his initial treatment choice of immunotherapy for the melanoma patient in 2018, were “very serious” in a decision that was published on Tuesday.

Melanoma Patient Death: Qld Oncologist Found Guilty

After multiple errors in diagnosis and treatment caused a melanoma patient to die “unnecessarily,” a leading oncologist in Queensland was found to have engaged in professional misconduct.

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Paul Mainwaring found guilty (Source: Twitter)

According to the decision, a 76-year-old patient named PB lost 11 kg and “tragically died” in Brisbane on May 25, 2018, after contracting an infection from severe diarrhea and a perforated gastrointestinal wall. Those were the “complications” of the immunotherapy he received in four doses by infusion between January and March 2018.

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Mr. Robertson claimed that Mr. Mainwaring’s multiple failures and initial treatment decisions were severe due to the overwhelming expert evidence against him.

What Caused The Misconduct Which Led To Patient Death? 

Although the doctor has given in to his accusers, many believe he didn’t need to. One must try immunotherapy before resorting to surgery because it can work wonders.

Given that the patient’s melanoma was either stage IIB or stage IVa, Mr. Robertson wrote that ipilimumab was not the proper treatment for the patient. He also disclosed that due to its high toxicity, it had known side effects like colitis and diarrhea.

He added that waiting and watching were the best given the patient’s condition.

It’s possible that his choice to use ipilimumab was questionable. It is an older medication with serious side effects. That would have been a better option now that Keytruda has been given the go-ahead to treat melanoma. However, no protocol was allowed for its availability in 2018.

But as his colleagues point out, he ought to have recognized the ipilimumab side effects as soon as they manifested and performed surgery immediately. 

There was, therefore, some negligence present. However, such omissions can occur as a busy chief oncologist in a public hospital. Most likely, his workload was the leading cause.

Qld Oncologist Surrendered His Medical Registration

Paul Norman Mainwaring has resigned from his medical license. He acknowledged that a number of his mistakes in making treatment decisions, such as failing to get second opinions from specialists and failing to keep notes, constituted professional misconduct. 

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Paul Mainwaring resigned from his medical lisence (Source: couriermail.com)

During the tribunal hearing on September 15, Mr. Mainwaring acknowledged that his standard of conduct was significantly below what might have been expected of a registered health practitioner with comparable education and experience.

Dr. Brady also believed that Mr. Mainwaring should have asked a colleague for a second opinion or assistance in managing PB’s treatment because he failed to adequately emphasize the risks and benefits of the therapy.

Mr. Mainwaring gave up his registration in February 2019 and has not practiced for more than three years.

He had permanently retired from his position as a medical oncologist at Canossa Private Hospital before giving up his registration. He stated at the QCAT hearing that he had no plans to resume his practice.

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Mr. Mainwaring expressed to the tribunal his regret and regret for his actions and his sympathies for PB’s family for the tragic circumstances surrounding his death.

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