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College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Thomas Hydorn of Amherst

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to Section 53 (12) (h) of the Medical Act, Dr. Thomas Hydorn of Amherst has elected to accept a reprimand issued by the College as final resolution of the matter.

A reprimand is a finding of professional misconduct that is entered on a doctor’s formal discipline record.
Dr. Hydorn’s pattern of prescribing was deemed irresponsible in the following areas and was found to put the patient, and potentially the community, at risk:

1) Benzodiazepine prescribing:

a) lack of clear assessment and diagnosis to support benzodiazepine prescribing;

b) the prescribing of high doses of benzodiazepines in the context of opioid dependency;

c) the issuing of benzodiazepine prescriptions for large amounts of many years;

d) the issuing of individual prescriptions for large amounts for up to 3 months; and

e) the continuation of benzodiazepine prescribing for patient “X” even after the police raised suspicion of diversion of the benzodiazepines and after aberrant drug related behaviour.

2) Opioid prescribing:

a) lack of clear assessment and diagnosis and plan surrounding the initiation of opioid therapy for patient “X”;

b) continuation of opioid prescribing for up to 6 years for opioid dependency in spite of patient failure to enter treatment programs; and

c) continuation of opioid prescribing in spite of evidence of aberrant drug related behaviour such as intravenous drug use, reports of trafficking, multiple missed appointments for treatment programs, and multiple lost or stolen prescriptions.

The Investigation Committee recognized that patient “X” was a difficult and possibly manipulative patient and that the audit of Dr. Hydorn’s prescribing revealed this to be an isolated case of inappropriate prescribing.

A copy of Dr. Hydorn’s reprimand is available HERE.


College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Robert J. Cooper

Dr. Robert J. Cooper, a family practitioner in Pictou, Nova Scotia, has consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia with respect to a complaint from a patient.

The Committee was concerned that during an emergency room visit by the patient, Dr. Cooper failed to conduct an adequate history of the patient’s complaint; failed to conduct an adequate physical examination; and failed to arrange an emergency neurosurgical consultation. The Committee also expressed concerns about the content, completeness, and legibility of the portion of the medical record for which Dr. Cooper was responsible.

The Committee has acknowledged the work Dr. Cooper has undertaken to improve his practice in the area of history-taking, decision-making, and documentation and has counseled him to continue these improvements.

The Committee’s decision constitutes a finding of professional misconduct/ professional incompetence that will be entered on Dr. Cooper’s formal discipline record. Dr. Cooper has been informed that the public will be notified of this decision.

A copy of Dr. Cooper’s reprimand is available HERE.


College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Robert J. Cooper of Pictou

Dr. Robert J. Cooper, a family practitioner in Pictou, Nova Scotia, has consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia with respect to a complaint from a patient.

The Committee was concerned that during an emergency room visit by the patient, Dr. Cooper failed to conduct an adequate history of the patient’s complaint; failed to conduct an adequate physical examination; and failed to arrange an emergency neurosurgical consultation. The Committee also expressed concerns about the content, completeness, and legibility of the portion of the medical record for which Dr. Cooper was responsible.

The Committee has acknowledged the work Dr. Cooper has undertaken to improve his practice in the area of history-taking, decision-making, and documentation and has counseled him to continue these improvements.

The Committee’s decision constitutes a finding of professional misconduct/ professional incompetence that will be entered on Dr. Cooper’s formal discipline record. Dr. Cooper has been informed that the public will be notified of this decision.

A copy of Dr. Cooper’s reprimand is available HERE.


Notice of Reprimand – Nova Scotia Psychiatrist

A Nova Scotia psychiatrist has consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. To protect patient confidentiality, the identity of the psychiatrist will not be disclosed.

In its letter of reprimand, the Investigation Committee expressed concern that the psychiatrist had failed to establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries by being involved in the psychiatric care of a family member; specifically:

1. Providing primary psychiatric care to a family member despite the ready availability of a local psychiatrist who had already cared for the patient. (A contravention of the Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics [2004], Section 11.)

2. Prescribing new psychotropic medications (Dexedrine and Risperidol) for a family member without consulting the psychiatrist of record.

3. Renewing prescriptions for a family member’s psychotropic medications and initiating dosage changes without consulting the psychiatrist of record.

The Committee also expressed concerns that the psychiatrist had displayed conduct that was inappropriate and unbecoming to the medical profession when interacting with health care practitioners who were caring for the family member.

The decision, which constitutes a finding of professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming, has been noted on the psychiatrist’s formal discipline record. The psychiatrist has agreed that a notice of this decision would appear on the College’s website.


College suspends license of Dr. William Hunter Blair

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has announced that pursuant to a Hearing Committee Decision incorporating a Settlement Agreement, Dr. William Hunter Blair, a general practitioner in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, has been suspended from the practice of medicine for six months commencing Saturday, June 18, 2005.

Dr. Blair has admitted to allegations outlined in a Notice of Hearing and admits that he is guilty of professional misconduct. The allegations against Dr. Blair relate to the inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances. Dr. Blair has agreed to a statement of facts regarding the case. This statement is contained in a Hearing Committee Decision / Settlement Agreement that is available HERE.

Dr. Blair has consented to the following penalty:

(a) He will be suspended from the practice of medicine for a period of six months beginning Saturday, June 18, 2005.

(b) When his suspension is lifted, Dr. Blair will no longer have prescription privileges for narcotics and other controlled substances. The appropriate documentation to reflect this restriction will be filed with Health Canada by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

(c) When his suspension is lifted, Dr. Blair will not sponsor defined licensees with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.


College suspends license of Dr. William Hunter Blair of Barrington Passage

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has announced that pursuant to a Hearing Committee Decision incorporating a Settlement Agreement, Dr. William Hunter Blair, a general practitioner in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, has been suspended from the practice of medicine for six months commencing Saturday, June 18, 2005.

Dr. Blair has admitted to allegations outlined in a Notice of Hearing and admits that he is guilty of professional misconduct. The allegations against Dr. Blair relate to the inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances. Dr. Blair has agreed to a statement of facts regarding the case. This statement is contained in a Hearing Committee Decision / Settlement Agreement that is available HERE.

Dr. Blair has consented to the following penalty:

(a) He will be suspended from the practice of medicine for a period of six months beginning Saturday, June 18, 2005.

(b) When his suspension is lifted, Dr. Blair will no longer have prescription privileges for narcotics and other controlled substances. The appropriate documentation to reflect this restriction will be filed with Health Canada by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

(c) When his suspension is lifted, Dr. Blair will not sponsor defined licensees with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.


ARCHIVE OF PRE-2005 DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS

Please note: This archive contains Hearing Committee Decisions issued by the College before 2005.

January 17, 2003 – Dr. Angus J. Gardner

April 6, 2001 – Dr. W. H. Christie

June 28, 2000 – Dr. William H. Blair

March 17, 2000 – Dr. John W. Macdonald

April 20, 1998 – Dr. Paul S. Hingley

September 8, 1997 – Dr. Pankaj M. Dhawan

September 30, 1996 – Dr. James G. Seaman

July 22, 1996 – Dr. Bradley C. Atkinson

December 1, 1995 – Dr, Khandker S. Hoque