Doctors investigated over 2001 AGP fatality

Five Australian doctors could face professional misconduct charges in Melbourne, VIC, relating to the Graeme Beveridge fatality during the 2001 Australian GP in the city's Albert Park. The doctors are under investigation for complying with a protocol said to have been agreed by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) and the city's Alfred Hospital

Doctors investigated over 2001 AGP fatality

Beveridge was mortally wounded in a freak accident, when he was struck by a detached wheel assembly from Jacques Villeneuve's BAR that found its way through a small access gap in debris fencing.

In his evidence to a Medical Practitioners Board, Dr David Cooper, head of trauma and intensive care at The Alfred, disclosed that a surgeon had declared the track worker dead at the trackside medical centre. But he said that he had been advised not to record the death in his notes to the hospital or CAMS.

Instead, added Dr Cooper, Beveridge's body was to be transferred under resuscitation to The Alfred under a protocol between CAMS and the hospital, stating that all casualties, including fatalities, were to be transferred to there and certified dead. Dr Cooper said there was no medical reason for Mr Beveridge not to be declared dead at the trackside medical centre, or for resuscitation to be continued.

The chief medical officer for the Australian GP, Dr David Vissenga, and Dr Paul Temme, who both represented CAMS, are being investigated, and three doctors from The Alfred, Dr Cooper, Dr Christopher Atkin and Dr John Moloney.

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