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* All registered physiotherapists have a set of minimum terms, conditions and limitations on their certificates of registration to ensure that they are legally able to work in Canada; that they have enough practice hours to maintain their clinical skills: and that require them to be tested periodically to ensure they understand the rules that govern practice.
On January 31, 2018 the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee referred a matter involving H Douglas Fearman to the Discipline Committee for a hearing. The hearing was held on May 13, 2019.
Overview of the Allegations
The allegations refer to the following headings of professional misconduct:
a. paragraph 1 (failing to maintain the standards of the profession);
b. paragraph 10 (sexually abusing a patient);
c. paragraph 18 (engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional);
d. paragraph 19 (conduct unbecoming a physiotherapist);
e. paragraph 32 (submitting an account or charge for services that the member knows or ought to know is false or misleading);
f. paragraph 33 (failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that any accounts submitted in the member’s name or billing number are fair and accurate).
At the conclusion of the hearing the panel found that Mr. Fearman had committed several act(s) of professional misconduct and they ordered the following penalty. The College withdrew allegations related to paragraphs 10, 32 and 33.
The Discipline Committee publishes its decisions on Canlii www.canlii.org.
I, Douglas Fearman, acknowledge and undertake to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (“College”) as follows:
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Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J8