The Medical Board of Australia made the decision to suspend Dr Antonio Vega Vega’s licence yesterday, pending further inquiries by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the board.
The Medical Board of Australia made the decision to suspend Dr Antonio Vega Vega’s licence yesterday, pending further inquiries by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the board.

Rockhampton Hospital Dr Vega Vega’s licence suspended

A UROLOGIST accused of botching four surgeries has had his medical registration suspended.

The Medical Board of Australia made the decision to suspend Dr Antonio Vega Vega's licence yesterday, pending further inquiries by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the board.

Dr Vega Vega was stood down from his role at Rockhampton Base Hospital on April 29 after allegations surfaced he removed the wrong kidney of a patient.

The surgeon also allegedly misdiagnosed a twisted testicle, leading to its removal, and allegedly nicked a patient's artery, causing the patient to lose three litres of blood.

Despite being suspended from his role at the public hospital, Dr Vega Vega was allowed to practise while AHPRA and the board decided whether to revoke his registration.

But Dr Vega Vega had voluntarily stepped down from his private hospital roles at Rockhampton, Gladstone Mater Hospital, and Hillcrest after the Rockhampton hospital began its investigation.

Queensland Health has provided information to detectives so they can determine if criminal charges are warranted.

UNDER REVIEW

November 2011: inserted a stent in the wrong place

January 2014: removal of wrong kidney

February 2014: misdiagnosis of a twisted testicle, leading to removal

April 2014: post-surgery arterial bleed



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