Physi­cian who had sex with pa­tient sanc­tioned

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY+REGION - ERIN PETROW With files from Pamela Cowan epetrow@post­media.com

The Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) barred a Lloy­d­min­ster fam­ily doc­tor from prac­tis­ing medicine for nine months af­ter he ad­mit­ted par­tic­i­pat­ing in a con­sen­sual sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a pa­tient in 2016 and 2017.

The woman later filed a com­plaint with the col­lege.

Dur­ing a hear­ing on Fri­day in Saska­toon, Dr. Mo­hammed A.R. Sayeed’s de­fence lawyer, Sheila Cas­ton, said Sayeed ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions with the un­named fe­male pa­tient, who is in her early 30s.

He im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ted guilt af­ter the com­plaint was brought for­ward, re­mov­ing the need for a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

Cas­ton said Sayeed has al­ways held his med­i­cal code of ethics in “high re­gard” and has been in coun­selling since the com­plaint was made.

Af­ter a short hear­ing, the col­lege coun­cil ac­cepted a joint sub­mis­sion re­gard­ing Sayeed’s penalty, which in­cludes a rep­ri­mand, hav­ing his name struck from the reg­is­ter of the Col­lege of Physi­cians and hav­ing his li­cence to prac­tise medicine re­voked for nine months. He is also or­dered to take a course on pro­fes­sional bound­aries.

Bryan Salte, as­so­ci­ate regis­trar and le­gal coun­sel for the col­lege, told the coun­cil the penal­ties are con­sis­tent with those is­sued in sim­i­lar cases in the past.

Af­ter the nine months has elapsed, Sayeed will be able to ap­ply to have his name re­stored to the col­lege’s reg­is­ter and re­turn to prac­tis­ing medicine.

The woman with whom the sex­ual re­la­tion­ship oc­curred had been a long­time pa­tient of Sayeed’s, al­though Salte told the coun­cil she had seen other physi­cians, in­clud­ing one in Sayeed’s clinic who had treated her for “con­cerns about sex­ual ad­dic­tion.”

The 68-year-old physi­cian has never pre­vi­ously faced dis­ci­plinary ac­tion by the CPSS and made a tear­ful state­ment to the coun­cil say­ing he is “ex­tremely ashamed and re­morse­ful of his be­hav­iour” and the ef­fects it had on the pa­tient who brought for­ward the com­plaint as well as his other pa­tients — who will now be re­quired to find a new fam­ily doc­tor — and on his fam­ily.

Sayeed’s wife and other sup­port­ers at­tended the hear­ing.

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