A Sydney GP who was found guilty of murdering his wife, using insulin meant for another patient, has been deregistered
On 8 December 2016, former doctor Brian Kenneth Crickitt was found guilty of murdering his wife of 19 years.
At the time of the event, Crickitt was a general practitioner practising at the Campbelltown Medical and Dental Centre in the Greater Western Sydney region.
On 31 December 2009, he saw a patient who had diabetes and that evening, he used a prescription he wrote for the patient to improperly obtain NovoRapid FlexPens from a local pharmacy.
Crickitt’s wife had several health conditions and frequently relied on her GP husband to deliver medications, although insulin was not one of them.
That night, on New Year’s Eve, he administered a quantity of insulin by way of injection to his wife, found Justice Clifton Hoeben of the Supreme Court of NSW.
The drug would have led her to experience incapacitating hypoglycaemia, eventually rendering her comatose and leading to her death.
Following investigations by police, it was discovered Crickitt was having an affair and in the weeks leading up to his wife’s death had spent most nights with a woman with whom he had been having an affair, even raising the idea of marriage with her.
Sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment for murder, with a non-parole period of 20 years, Crickitt has now been struck off the medical register by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
He was deregistered based on the grounds that he was the subject of a criminal conviction.
“In this case the conviction was for the crime of murder. The findings which led to the conviction included findings of improper and unethical actions by the respondent in his capacity as a medical practitioner,” found the tribunal.
“We are satisfied that the conviction entered against the respondent, evidenced circumstances of the crime the respondent has been found to have committed, which in our view render the practitioner unfit, in the public interest, to practice as a medical practitioner or as a ‘registered health practitioner’.”
He is unable to re-apply for registration for a period of 20 years, or upon his conviction being overturned.
The tribunal also found Crickitt guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct for treating his former spouse as a medical practitioner, and for creating a false entry in a patient’s medical records to collect the NovoRapid FlexPen.
Additionally he was found guilty of professional misconduct, and prohibited from providing any or all health services, public or private, unless and until he is registered as a health practitioner.
Crickitt “strongly proclaimed” his innocence to the tribunal, however he noted that, to date, appeals brought against his conviction had been unsuccessful.