Media Statement - Dr Sharif Fattah
Dr Sharif Fattah has recently been convicted in Australia on a number of sexual offending charges involving female patients. The offending occurred in early 2016.
We want to assure the public that Dr Fattah is not able to practise as a doctor in New Zealand and has not practised since 31 August 2016. Public safety is paramount to the Medical Council and is our primary focus.
Dr Fattah practised as a GP in New Zealand between March 2004 and August 2016.
Our advice for patients who have concerns about Dr Fattah’s practise and conduct:
Who do I speak to if I have concerns I was sexually assaulted?
Please speak to the police if you have concerns that you have been sexually assaulted. You can contact the police by dialling 105. There is more information available on the police website here: What to do if I have been sexually assaulted and local support service are available here: Local support services .
Who do I speak to if I have concerns about my treatment?
We recommend contacting your GP in the first instance if you are concerned about the care or treatment that has been provided to you so that they can review the care provided to you.
The Health and Disability Commissioner looks after all notifications about the care and treatment that has been provided to you. The Health and Disability Commissioner can be contacted on 0800 11 22 33 and more information about the Health and Disability Commissioner can be found here Health and Disability Commissioner .
You can speak to us and we can help you.
If you have any concerns at all we can help you. Please contact us on 0800 286 801. You can leave your contact details with staff at the Council and that information will be provided to our expert staff to help. We are open between 8.30am and 5pm. We will respond to any notifications as quickly as possible. More information about us can be found here: Medical Council of New Zealand.