Do No Harm: Doctors and sexual abuse
125

Ontario doctors disciplined in the past five years

32

for sexual comments or abuse of their patients

17

of those doctors had multiple complaints logged against them

10

licences were revoked but;

3

GTA doctors are still licensed after being disciplined
for sexually abusing their patients. We ask - why?

Do No Harm: Doctors and sexual abuse
(L-R) Dr. Joseph S. Lee, Dr. Sami J.G. Karkanis, Dr. Eliza H. Noriega
(iask.ca | United Arab Emirates University | Tim Fraser, National Post)

Twenty years. Two task forces. And a policy of zero-tolerance.

So why is sexual abuse of patients by their own doctors still such a significant problem for the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario? A CBC Toronto investigation has uncovered that 125 Ontario doctors have been disciplined in the past five years, a quarter of them for sexually abusing their patients. And some of those physicians are still practicing in the GTA.

Some physicians' records are online

Information about Ontario physicians is available from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Doctors Search.

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Sexual Abuse Defined:

The definition of sexual abuse in the RHPA (regulated health professions act)

In this Code, “sexual abuse” of a patient by a member means,

  1. sexual intercourse or other forms of physical sexual relations between the member and the patient;
  2. touching, of a sexual nature, of the patient by the member; or
  3. behaviour or remarks of a sexual nature by the member towards the patient.

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