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If you are a male physician with only one female secretary she can chaperone an intimate exam by using a headset phone in the exam room.
I am glad the College is taking a strong position of no tolerance of sexual abuse by physicians. I am concerned about the line:
the Discipline Committee has explicit authority to require that mandatory revocation take effect immediately upon a finding of sexual abuse rather than waiting for a penalty hearing;
A scenario has occurred at my hospital more than a year ago whereby a patient accused a [physician] of [sexual abuse]. [Note: specific details about the scenario have been removed to protect the identities of the parties involved. The main concern raised in the scenario was: if there is no due process of investigation by the college/hospital/authorities, any accusations of sexual abuse may result in physicians being unfairly suspended from performing clinical duties].
Further clarification regarding the discipline committee definition of “finding of sexual abuse rather than waiting for a penalty hearing” would be appreciated.
This is true. there must be some reasonable grounds of allegation to remove some ones license. There are so many people who do false allegations. for example if they don’t get what they want from their MD etc.
As a CPSO member, I just want to remind College that importance of protecting doctors is no less that protecting patients. While fully supporting the College’s stance in protecting the public, I have the feeling that CPSO goes liberally after every doctor with whatever complaints they receive and there is nothing in place to protect physicians’ psychological health when unsubstantiated allegations are made against them. There should be systems and protocols in place to involve and penalize the physician after their misconduct is PROVEN.