Dr. Jonathan Peter Hugh Fine, a Quesnel general practitioner, has admitted unprofessional conduct with a patient during a six month period in 2007 to 2008. His conduct included self-disclosure to the patient, hugs and overly familiar interactions at patient attendances. On one occasion outside the office, he hugged and kissed the patient and then drove the patient home to her residence.
Following the issuance of a disciplinary citation, Dr. Fine consented to the following disposition by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, including:
• Three month suspension from practice, with two months stayed if terms and conditions are met;
• Prior to return to practice – participation in assessments and counselling, with reports and attendance at the college to further assess and determine conditions of registration;
• Upon return to practice, establishment of a mentorship with a physician approved by the college; Participation in continuing medical education in the areas of boundaries as directed by the college;
• Compliance with monitoring of his practice; and
• Payment of costs in the amount of $3,000.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons is the licensing and regulatory body for all physicians and surgeons in the province. Governed by provincial legislation, the College’s role is to serve and protect the public by establishing, monitoring and enforcing high standards of qualification and ethical practice across the province.