An independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the registration, employment and management of Mr Shyam Acharya (also known as Dr Sarang Chitale) in public hospitals between 2003 and 2014 is being conducted. The Inquiry will also review the clinical records of individual patient cases raised with NSW Health where Mr Acharya (using the name Dr Sarang Chitale) provided the services.

The former Health Care Complaints Commissioner, Mr Kieran Pehm and Dr Robert Herkes, Clinical Director of the Australian Commission of Quality and Safety in Health Care, have been appointed to undertake the Inquiry.

The Inquiry will report to the Secretary, NSW Ministry of Health, on 30 June 2017.

Written submissions are invited in relation to any matter related to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference. Submissions will be made publicly available on the website, unless they contain information that is confidential or affects the privacy of an individual.

Submissions are open until 12 May 2017 and can be emailed to or mailed to Section 122 Inquiry c/- NSW Ministry of Health, Locked Mail Bag 961, North Sydney, NSW 2059.

If you have any concerns about treatment that you, or someone you have cared for, may have received from Mr Acharya please call 1800 841 688 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

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