Sydney doctor Peter Alexakis has been found guilty of professional misconduct in NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) this week, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported.
This comes after Dr Alexakis inherited $24 million left to him by a patient after winning a long-running court battle against The Salvation Army and the deceased man’s ex-business partner and friends.
Dr Alexakis was referred to the NCAT after doctors who treated the elderly patient in 2017 prior to his death complained to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).
When presenting the case to the tribunal, the HCCC alleged Dr Alexakis visited the ailing patient 92 times, or almost daily, in the months leading up to the execution of the will, and that he had established a “friendship” with the patient to exploit him for financial gain. The patient was 83 when he died.
Whilst the tribunal found there was insufficient evidence the patient had been manipulated into changing his will, it said Dr Alexakis did fail to observe professional boundaries and interfered with treating doctors at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Concord Hospital.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the tribunal will reprimand Dr Alexakis at a later hearing but for now, the GP is free to continue practicing medicine.
Dr Alexakis was contacted by The Sydney Morning Herald for comment.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.