A Brisbane doctor accused of supplying and trafficking drugs to outlaw motorcycle gang members has been suspended from practising medicine by the Health Ombudsman.
Chermside skin cancer doctor John Robert Ullman, 52, was arrested and slapped with more than 160 charges last week relating to allegations he supplied testosterone, diazepam and other drugs to at least 39 different people over a two-year period.
As part of his bail application, Ullman’s lawyer Tyronne Thomas argued the doctor should be released because he was the only GP rostered on to work during the school holidays at the skin cancer clinic.
“He also within the next couple of weeks he also has patients that require skin cancer treatment,” Mr Thomas told the court on Wednesday last week.
“I’m instructed he’s the only general practitioner working at the clinic over the school holidays.”
But the Health Ombudsman has announced it has taken “immediate action” against Ullman, suspending his medical registration as of Friday last week.
“In accordance with (the Health Ombudsman Act), the Health Ombudsman’s decision will continue to have effect until the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal sets the decision aside or the Health Ombudsman revokes the suspension of (Ullman’s) registration…,” the ombudsman said.
Ullman’s profile was also removed from the website of the skin cancer clinic within 24 hours of his arrest despite him being granted bail.
Magistrate Michael Quinn said at the time he was satisfied the prosecution had a “strong case” but granted the bail on strict conditions including that Ullman provide a $50,000 surety.
Under the bail conditions he is also required to reside at his Chelmer home with his family, surrender his passport, report to Indooroopilly police each Monday and Friday and have no contact with the people he is accused of supplying drugs to.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Kipps had objected to Ullman being granted bail, alleging he was a risk of further reoffending if released from custody.
“Of serious concern is that some of the alleged supplies relate to outlaw motorcycle club gang members,” Snr Const Kipps told the court.
She said allegations Ullman had supplied drugs to 39 people were of “serious concern” and there was a “high probability” he would commit offences if released on bail.
“It is the prosecution submission that an actual period of custody is within range so there is not a risk of (Ullman) serving too much time (if not granted bail),” she said.
Ullman will face court again on November 16.