HALIFAX – A Pugwash doctor found guilty of professional misconduct last July has had his licence to practice medicine suspended for three months by the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Oluwarotime Fashoranti will be suspended beginning July 1, must have a chaperone present for examination of a female patient and must successfully complete the understanding boundaries course offered by the University of Western Ontario at the earliest available date.
He was also ordered to pay$65,000 to the college to cover the costs of the proceedings.
Last year, a five-person panel found the doctor guilty of an inappropriate examination of a woman whose identity is protected by a publication ban.
The woman said the doctor examined her on July 29, 2010 when all she wanted were the test results for her chronic pain. Both the doctor and patient agreed the examination of her abdomen was properly done, but she claimed the doctor pushed up her T-shirt and fondled her breasts.
He was found not guilty of engaging in an inappropriate interaction with the patient.
In the penalty phase, college counsel Marjorie Hickey called for a six-month suspension to protect the public interest, provide individual and general deterrence, denounce the conduct and maintain the public’s confidence in the ability of the profession to regulate itself.
Daniel Campbell, representing Dr. Fashoranti, called for a much lesser penalty that included a reprimand and no suspension and no requirement for a chaperone.
The hearing was held March 18 in Halifax, while the committee met to discuss its decision on April 24.