CPSO’s comments highlight disciplinary panel independence

WCPSO_91bhile it’s unusual the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) would express “disappointment” about a decision by its disciplinary committee, the regulator’s comments about the case of a physician who sexually abused patients and didn’t lose his licence highlight the independence of the disciplinary committee, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine says. 

“I think there is a perception that disciplinary committees of health professional colleges are somehow tainted, or in cahoots with the regulator, but I think this case and the comments from the registrar illustrate that the two are completely separate and that CPSO has no influence over the discipline committee — I think that’s important,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

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