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Windsor doctor suspended four months gives up family medicine

Dr. Thomas Barnard has agreed to give up family medicine after admitting to professional misconduct.

Dr. Thomas Barnard can only provide aesthetic and cosmetic surgeries and nutritional counselling

The college disciplinary committee suspended Dr. Thomas Barnard for four months and placed several restrictions on his practice during a hearing on Monday. (YouTube)

A Windsor doctor has agreed to give up family medicine after engaging in "disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct," according to the Ontario College of Physicians.

The college disciplinary committee suspended Dr. Thomas Barnard for four months and placed several restrictions on his practice during a hearing on Monday.

Barnard is now required to post a sign in the waiting room of any building where he intends to practice, stating he "must not practice family medicine or provide any OHIP-insured service," according to a statement from the college.

The Chief Coroner of Ontario contacted the college after an investigation into the death of one of Barnard's patients showed multi-drug toxicity as the cause of death.

In 2014, Barnard agreed to restrictions limiting his ability to prescribe narcotics, but a broader investigation by the college highlighted 11 cases, including one involving injecting a pregnant woman with morphine, where his care did not meet the standard of care or "demonstrated various degrees of a lack of knowledge, skill or judgment."

In its decision, the disciplinary committee stated Barnard must limit the number of patients he sees each day to 48, must retain clinical supervisors for four months and must inform the college of each location where he's working.

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