Locum physi­cian has priv­i­leges sus­pended

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The Cy­press Health Re­gion has sus­pended the priv­i­leges of a locum physi­cian fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The locum physi­cian was in­formed of the Re­gion's de­ci­sion last week, and ad­di­tional de­tails re­gard­ing the sus­pen­sion are not be­ing re­leased pend­ing an ap­peal hear­ing later this week.

“The Cy­press Health Re­gion has sus­pended the priv­i­leges of a tem­po­rary mem­ber of its med­i­cal staff fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of con­cerns raised about the qual­ity and care and safety of ser­vices pro­vided to clients,” ex­plained Beth Va­chon, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vices, for the Cy­press Health Re­gion.

She noted that the Re­gion has a se­ries of pro­to­cols and pro­cesses in place which guide the re­view and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of con­cerns in con­nec­tion to the action of staff and physi­cians and any other client care con­cerns.

“Fol­low­ing the re­ceipt and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of con­cerns at­trib­uted to a locum mem­ber of the re­gion’s med­i­cal staff, a se­ries of steps were taken by the se­nior me­dial of­fi­cer and other health re­gion staff. Th­ese steps in­cluded a closer ex­am­i­na­tion of the is­sues and the pro­cesses in ques­tion.”

Health Re­gion of­fi­cials noted their abil­ity to pro­vide more de­tails is lim­ited pend­ing the up­com­ing ap­peal hear­ing.

“How­ever, we can say that the con­cerns in ques­tion are a nar­row-based set of con­cerns, which ever the more em­pha­sizes to us that we can’t give any specifics on those cases for fear of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved,” com­mented Bryce Martin, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Health Re­gion.

Martin did con­cede that “it is not a group kind of a con­cern. It is a nar­row-based area of con­cern.”

De­tails of the ap­peal hear­ing will be posted at sw­booster.com.

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