Sexual abuse case a cautionary tale for physicians

An unusual disciplinary case against a physician shows how broadly medical regulators interpret doctor-patient relationships, Lonny tells AdvocateDaily.

In a story on the case, the Toronto Star lays out the unique fact situation that led to the regulatory proceedings for alleged sexual abuse against the Toronto doctor before a five-member panel of the discipline committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

According to the Star, the physician had sex with a woman in the same week as he wrote her notes to get out of taking exams.

The College took the position that the doctor’s notes created a patient relationship with her, but it was having trouble getting the woman, who did not complain about the physician, to give evidence to his disciplinary hearing. Instead, it was another College member who made a report to the CPSO after learning of the situation. 

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