Last month the Medical Council of NSW published its decision on a finding of professional misconduct against lung specialist Dr Samuel Kim, who operates his practice from the Universal Medicine clinic in Goonellabah. The decision made news locally, in The Guardian Australia and overseas. According to the Professional Standards Committee, Dr Kim was found to be an unreliable witness. He expressed no remorse for harm done to the patient. He admitted to misconduct. Yet, UM’s Sons of God have portrayed the finding as ‘torture’ and ‘deliberate harm’ on a par with the Inquisition.
Last month’s blog has links to all the news reports, the HCCC media release and the decision itself, and it’s discussed in detail there.
It appears that UM’s associates didn’t read any of that, least of all the report itself. The patient was in very poor health. Dr Kim was found to have referred her for esoteric ‘healing’, and to esoteric investors, his mates, rather than appropriate medical specialists. He did not declare his conflicts of interests or inform her of the distinction between evidence based therapies and UM’s contrivances. He prolonged her suffering by delaying her from getting appropriate medical treatment, and she wasted money on Esoteric rubbish that could have been better used.
Dr Kim played the victim to the end.
However, at the end of his evidence Dr Kim said he now appreciates that his connection with Universal Medicine does bias his practice in relation to referrals and that this may have been the case with Patient A. Dr Kim’s delay in coming to this realisation may explain why, from the making of the complaint until the last day of the Committee’s proceedings, he failed to acknowledge the potential harm to Patient A in recommending non-evidence based treatments and Universal Medicine practitioners, in preference to medical specialists and allied health practitioners. He did not express any appreciation of the impact of his actions on a very ill and vulnerable patient. Nor did he express contrition. Report Paragraphs 104-5
Once the report came out, UM then took on the mantle of Dr Kim’s victimhood for their whole movement.
Peter Cavanagh was one who leapt boldly from UM’s maximum security propaganda fortress, where dissent is punishable by many reincarnations into pranic misery and disability as an Esoteric Judas, to post a comment on the Echo article.
There’s a Pandora’s box of issues about this story just begging to be ripped open and exposed…
The true story: A highly competent and dedicated doctor gets investigated at length and held to account by regulatory authorities in a four year exercise that is way over the top for the nature of the patient’s complaint. The investigation, as it was conducted, was an act of deliberate and prolonged harm against the doctor. The published report on the investigation, inquiry and punishment of the doctor, as the culmination of the exercise, is an act of deliberate harm toward not only the doctor but also toward the two organisations and four other people repeatedly mentioned in the report, none of whom were under investigation or subject to the inquiry, but are nonetheless deliberately targeted. One party other than the doctor was mentioned as many as 68 times in the 26 page report. Publication of the committee’s report was a purposeful act of deliberate harm, effectively handing over the doctor and the other parties named for crucifixion by the news media. The media eagerly latch on and sensationalise for a clever, juicy, biased story deliberately crafted and published in order protract and amplify the harm, bringing to full fruition the committee’s intended and hoped-for harm. And finally the internet trolls drool with delight over fresh ammunition with which to launch another round of bullying and intimidation against the doctor and the other parties named in the report. The regulatory authorities involved have a party and dance with glee upon seeing the total harm, damage and suffering inflicted upon their intended targets, even more than they hoped for… Bonus!
This CLEARLY is abuse, harassment, bullying, intended harm and ultimately flagrant persecution of the highest order. The harm to this point already is real and extreme. The future potential harm from the acts already committee is even greater.
The true story: The Dark Ages of the Inquisition, replete with intimidation, torture and abuse actually never ended. They are alive and well!
So, to whom are the Health Care Complaints Commission, the Professional Standards Committee, the news media and the cyber-bullies, clearly all complicit in this persecution, accountable?
They’re accountable to the public. That’s why the decision, like all findings by the HCCC, was published in the first place. To protect the public.
I asked in a comment on the Echo article what Peter’s relationship with UM is? He didn’t reply. A reader sent me a link. Peter is the spouse of Esoteric Breast Massager Jenny Ellis, a long standing business associate of UM leader Serge Benhayon, who practices at the Unimed clinic in Fairfield Brisbane and was a former Unimed Brisbane Pty Ltd company director. Seeing Dr Kim also practices in Brisbane, it’s possible he was referring patients there.
Plus Pete and Jenny live on the premises. As far as I know it’s a $2m+ property owned by Unimed Brisbane Pty Ltd, which is owned by Benhayon and Susan Scully. Last year I published one of Desiree’s 2010 emails calling for ‘investments’ in the centre with ‘tax benefits’, and mentioning the cleaning, maintenance and some of the fit out was provided by volunteers. Student notes also show Benhayon asking for donations to pay the mortgage.
That’s some act of ‘service’ for Jenny and Pete, and the other unisex Sons of God, selflessly caretaking and making improvements on Serge and Susan’s equity.
Anyway, Pete posted his comment on Facebook as well, with the above illustration of UM’s persecution fantasy. It’s one of Benhayon’s favourite themes – the slaughter of the Cathars, recently reincarnated as paid up members of the Esoteric Practitioners Association. Eveyone’s out to get them. Serge says so.
It met with the usual consensus from the investors. All of them public promoters of UM. Terri-Anne Connors is a UM event coordinator. Psychologist Marianna Masiorski also works from UM Brisbane and used to advertise ‘Esoteric Psychology’ until AHPRA put conditions on her registration too. Psychologist Caroline Raphael works with Sam Kim and Serge Benhayon at the UM Goonellabah clinic.
But that’s the thing Caroline, Dr Kim didn’t tell the truth. From the decision:
- The Committee found that Dr Kim’s evidence was not always clear or coherent. His oral evidence was at times contradictory and on other occasions, his oral evidence was not consistent with his written statements. When challenged, his responses to these inconsistencies failed to adequately clarify the issue.
- On some matters Dr Kim strongly asserted his ‘innocence’, yet at the same time acknowledged aspects of his practice which established the allegation against him. In his submission Dr Kim asserts that his conduct is not unethical, but in an earlier statement he acknowledges that his conduct constitutes unsatisfactory professional conduct under s.139 (l) of the National Law.
- At times Dr Kim did not appear to be a reliable witness. He stated that he was using an information sheet for patients but when asked to provide a copy conceded that the document was still in production and not yet in use. There were also times where he appeared to prevaricate or respond to questions in a tangential manner. For example, he attempted to minimise his association with Universal Medicine by challenging questions asked about that association.
- In relation to whether he continues to refer patients to Universal Medicine practitioners, Dr Kim gave contradictory evidence and his final assertion that he no longer makes such referrals was difficult to accept in light of his own evidence about the lengths to which he goes to now ensure patients give informed consent to complementary treatments.
In the past year a bunch of UM promoters have joined an organization called HPARA. Its charter is to reform accountability procedures for health professionals. It’s a strange position to take considering a bunch of HPARA’s new members made a bunch of silly and primitively expressed complaints to AHPRA about me. No action was taken of course. I didn’t find the process to be torture. I hadn’t breached my professional codes. I thought it was a waste of AHPRA’s resources.
Dr Kim however, admitted wrongdoing, which makes the above assertions of ‘deliberate harm’ by the Medical Council ring hollow.
Dr Kim made several admissions in relation to the factual aspects of the Complaint and also admitted that his conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct.
Dr Kim accepts that his conduct is significantly below the standard to be reasonably expected of a practitioner with his level of training or experience. He also accepts that his conduct is improper and unethical. In his statement dated 25 January 2017 he states:
“I admit that I have engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct under section 139B(1) (a) and section 139B(1) (l) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law..
The Committee agrees.
Dr Kim is a specialist thoracic physician of many years experience. The Committee agrees with the expert opinion of Dr Yates that Dr Kim’s conduct was significantly below the standard reasonably expected of a practitioner with his level of training and experience. He inappropriately recommended and prescribed treatment (bioidentical HRT) for Patient A, when this was outside the scope of his expertise and done without appropriate referral. He recommended other treatments, such as esoteric lung massage and chakra puncture, knowing there was insufficient evidence for their efficacy as treatments for Patient A’s lung condition. Medical Council decision paragraphs 11, 78-80
When I pointed out that the reactions of Peter and the rest of the unisex Brides of Serge were a tad histrionic we got the usual declaration of Esoteric untouchability, accompanied by the lynching call to have me locked up.
Turns out the same people who wasted AHPRA’s time with nonsense complaints wasted weeks of police time too. Yet when an official finding is made by authorities, acting on a complaint from a patient who had been harmed, it’s an ‘abuse’ of process, the investigation is an act of torture, and a dispassionate legal finding is ‘viciousness’.
Makes sense that folk promoting an ‘attitude to medicine abandoned in the 19th century’ also harbour medieval attitudes to accountability.
So much for the advertised ‘New Era of Responsibility’. It’s becoming increasingly bizarre as the hysterics spill into legal proceedings and open court.
Peter believes himself to be above scrutiny and criticism. It appears to be a UM creed, regardless of their professional and legal obligations to patients and the public. On Planet Esoteric, only the subscribing Sons of God are permitted to make public comments. When anyone else does, it’s ‘trolling’, ‘HARASSMENT’ and a crime.
I thought I’d finished writing this post when this thing spilled onto the net. ‘Defamation and the internet troll Part 1 Legal proceedings to bring Esther Rockett to account’ for publishing things we don’t like and that get us into trouble – could only come from UM *FACTS* warrior, Alison Greig. Counsel for the plaintiffs’ wife. She’s married to the other *FACTS* champion Charles Wilson, and together they help run UM’s ‘College’ charity.
Alison dug deep, and found within her innermost to move beyond the Inquisition. My official complaints – that got UM’s charities in trouble to the tune of $1.2m among other things, and my blogging about UM’s vast misconduct, is on a par with a ‘pogrom’ she writes. ‘Genocide’.
Lots of our supporters wonder aloud when these folk will wake up. What will it take?
I don’t know. All we can be sure of is that accountability was never a comfortable fit for UM. There is a lot more to come. It might not change the convictions of the Esoteric Sons of God, but it certainly shows the public what they’re about. And that’s the point.