Doctor punished for false sick notes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 12:00am

Updated at 7.10pm:
A doctor has been struck off for a year after writing a dozen false and backdated sick notes for patients two of whom were undercover anti-corruption agents.

Between August 25 and mid-October 1997, Dr O Ting-yuen gave nine sick-leave certificates to a patient, prison officer Law Kwan-keung, without examining him, the Medical Council heard.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption was investigating Mr Law as part of a wider probe into Correctional Services Department staff.

The doctor wrote various medical reasons on the certificates, including influenza, diarrhoea and lower-jaw abscesses. Some of the notes were dated prior to the consultation date. The council also heard that Mr Law was in the mainland on some of the consultation dates.

Dr O, 64, wrote three other false and backdated notes to two undercover ICAC officers between August 11 and September 15, 1998. They had gone to Dr O's practice in Fan Ling posing as patients to investigate Mr Law's frequent and suspicious sick leave.