Sydney psychiatrist given two-month suspension
A Sydney psychiatrist has been suspended from practicing medicine for two months after treating a member of his family.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia released a ruling that said Dr. Javed Ali's family member was admitted to hospital with psychiatric concerns. Hospital staff instructed Ali to take his family member to a different hospital, but the patient did not arrive.
An investigation found Ali had taken the person to his home.
It was later determined he prescribed medication for the family member on numerous occasions between 2005 and 2010. According to the ruling, Ali initially said his signature was forged on the prescriptions, but he later admitted to writing them.
"Dr. Ali was, or in fact, agreed that he had treated a family member counter to the guidelines of the College," said Dr. Gus Grant, CEO of the College. "He entered into a settlement agreement with the College that Dr. Ali admits to allegations that constitute professional misconduct."
Ali cannot treat patients until August 4, except for those receiving methadone treatment.
He has been ordered to take courses in Doctor-patient relationships and ethics. He is also being fined $3,000 to cover the cost of the investigation.
Grant said the District Health Authority has found other psychiatrists to take Ali's patients until August.