A hearing into allegations of professional misconduct by a Saint John specialist has been put on hold, according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Ed Schollenberg, the college's registrar, confirmed the latest delay for the hearing into the complaints against Dr. Alan Cockeram, but would not provide details as to the reason why, nor how long the further delay will take.
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The misconduct hearing revolves around complaints from 26 women about the gastroenterologist.
Almost all of those complainants alleged inappropriate or unwanted breast examinations while they were having unrelated medical issues dealt with by Cockeram. The complaints were made beginning in 2011.
The college dropped three of those complaints.
The remaining 23 were to be heard in front of a board of inquiry, which was struck by the college last June, but has had a difficult time convening. At that time the Schollenberg thought the matter may be back on track in January 2016.
Several of the complaints were a part of a criminal investigation by the Saint John Police Department.
That investigation led to nine charges being laid by February 2013 against Cockeram but Crown prosecutors withdrew them five months later saying the case was "not viable."
Cockeram has strongly denied any wrongdoing, but has been restricted to treating only male patients since February 2013