Physician who had sex with patient sanctioned
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.