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Losing Parties at Ontario CCB Retaliate through Medical Board Complaints

A few days ago, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board affirmed a decision of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario not to take action against a physician.  

I was pleased to see this result, because the complaint concerned actions of the physician that were taken in accord with an earlier decision of the Consent & Capacity Board. 

In short, the physician was acting in accord with the patient’s advance directive.  The daughter  and POA was not.  The physician took the case to the CCB.  The CCB ruled that the daughter POA had not complied with principles of substitute decision making and directed her to comply with the physician’s plan of treatment.

Apparently, the daughter was displeased with the CCB decision and filed a complaint against the physician with the College (the medical board).  While the results from the College and the Appeals Board seem rights, I was distressed that this physician had to defend herself through two levels of tribunals on this.

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