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NEWS RELEASEFROM THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. NEAL BLEWETT DOCTOR DISQUALIFIED FROM MEDICARE

The Federal Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett,

said today that Dr Gurcharan Singh of 44 Wallis Avenue, Strathfield, was to be disqualified from participating in the

Medicare Benefits arrangements for three years from 14 September 1984 to 13 September 1987.

"Any service rendered by or on behalf of Dr Singh

will not attract Medicare benefits and Dr Singh will be required to inform patients that his services will not attract Medicare benefits from 14 September 1984 to 13 September 1987," Dr Blewett said.

Dr Singh had pleaded guilty to 42 offences under subĀ­ section 129(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

His conviction in the St James Court of Petty Sessions, Sydney, on 19 July 1984 related to his bulk-billing the Department of Health on numerous occasions for consultations that had been purportedly rendered to patients who subsequently stated that they had not received them, and that the patient's signature on the

assignment forms was not theirs.

Dr Blewett said the offences were 1 relevant offences'

for the purposes of the disqualification provisions of the Health Insurance Act.

The Minister said the Health Insurance Act prescribed

that if a provider was found by a court to have committed two or more 'relevant offences' on or after 1 November 1982, he was

automatically disqualified from participating in the Medicare

Benefits arrangements for a period of three years.

Dr Singh had been fined $100.00 with $18.00 court costs

on each of the 42 counts. He was also ordered to pay $250.00 professional costs, $2477.68 investigation costs and $472.50 reparation.