Two doctors have been reprimanded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, including a former psychiatrist in Yarmouth who had sex with two of his patients.
Dr. Bolarinwa Olutosin Oluwole, who practised in Yarmouth for two years, has had his licence revoked by the college for sexual misconduct. Oluwole now lives in Ontario.
Oluwole, who graduated from medical school in Nigeria, was a staff psychiatrist at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital from 2008 until he was fired in 2010 after two complainants came forward. A third patient filed a complaint the next year.
"Two of the three patients allege, and Dr. Oluwole admits, that he engaged in sexual intercourse with them," according to the decision released by the college.
"The hearing committee notes that all three patients further allege, and Dr. Oluwole admits, that he also engaged in acts of sexual misconduct other than sexual intercourse with them."
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia also said Oluwole kept "inappropriate material of a sexual nature" in his office including condoms, lubricant and sexually explicit photographs.
"Dr. Oluwole's misconduct is made still more egregious by the fact that he was, at the time of the sexual misconduct, engaged in psychiatric treatment of the three patients," the hearing committee for the college wrote.
"Dr. Oluwole's actions were indeed (as counsel for the college asserted), an abuse and a betrayal of his patients."
Oluwole's name has been removed from the register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and the college said it would notify other provinces about its decision.
Truro surgeon subject to restrictions
Meanwhile, a Truro surgeon working for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority has been restricted from performing surgeries while the college investigates an unspecified allegation.
Dr. Martin Dzierzanowski is subject to interim restrictions that prevent him from providing general surgery to patients under anesthesia or conscious sedation, excluding endoscopy procedures.
Dzierzanowski is still allowed to see patients in his office and perform minor procedures.
"As always, our focus is on delivering quality, safe care and since being notified by the college we have been working with them to offer our full support to their review process," Dr. Manoj Vohra, vice-president of medicine and chief of staff for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, said in a statement.
"We regularly look at our services through a quality assurance program to find ways to continuously improve upon the care we deliver."
The health authority said it's working to ensure patients booked for surgery receive appropriate follow-up.