Nova Scotia

Pictou County psychiatrist charged with assault; no longer licensed

A psychiatrist in Pictou County, who has been charged with assault, is no longer licensed to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema charged after alleged incident at New Glasgow outpatient facility

A psychiatrist in Pictou County, who has been charged with assault, is no longer licensed to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema has been charged with assault stemming from an incident on Dec. 16, said Const. Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police.

The police responded to a call at an outpatient facility on East River Road in New Glasgow. The incident did not take place at the Aberdeen Hospital, MacDonald said.

As of April 21, Ezema is no longer licensed to practise medicine in the province. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia said Ezema cannot practise because he had a licence that was conditional on the support of a sponsor.

Dr. Gus Grant, the registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, said earlier this week that Ezema's sponsor withdrew the sponsorship. The college does not know why the sponsor withdrew, said Grant.

Health authority refuses comment

Legislation says the sponsor is "usually a senior physician, typically, the head of a department or chief of staff," said Grant.

"It's a decision entirely for the sponsor to make," he continued. "In fact, this is a question that's been assessed in our courts and it's well established that a decision with respect to sponsorship resides with the individual sponsor."

Before the assault charge was revealed, CBC News contacted the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Pictou for information about why Ezema was no longer practising. They declined an interview.

"The Nova Scotia Health Authority is not commenting on this suspension nor can we discuss the reasons for it," said Eileen MacIsaac.

Ezema is due in Pictou provincial court on May 19.

The psychiatrist came to Pictou County from the United Kingdom and started his psychiatry practice in December 2012, according to a release from the local health authority at the time.

Ezema's patients are being directed to contact the Mental Health Services in New Glasgow. Emergency services can be accessed by calling the clinic at 902-755-1137.

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