A suspension of ten weeks comes to be imposed on a surgeon of the Hospital of the Gatineau, who had been found guilty of not having prepared a diagnosis with the greatest attention, using the scientific methods most appropriate” for a patient who has been hospitalized more than seven months after having suffered a postoperative complication.
In a decision rendered on September 28, the disciplinary board of the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) has imposed this suspension to Dr. Jody North Bothwell. The latter claimed a write-off of two months, while the syndicates assistant of the CMQ requested a cancellation of eight months.
The disciplinary board noted in its decision that the offence charged in the Dr Bothwell “is a serious breach because it lies at the very heart of the profession of a surgeon”.
“In addition, he is a patient extremely vulnerable in great pain shows signs inexplicable of rapid deterioration of her general condition, culminating, four days later in septic shock”, one reads in the decision, where it is stated that the patient “has suffered great pain until the surgical complication or discovery.” It is, however, an “isolated act “, stressed the commission, which “considers the risk of recurrence is low”.
It is also pointed out that according to the report of a recent inspection visit to professional, “the professional practice of the respondent is located in the current standards of medicine and even more”.
The cancellation of ten weeks the Dr. Bothwell will enter into force on the 6th of November next, unless a request to appeal before the expiry of the prescribed period of time.
The facts leading to the filing of a complaint against Dr. Bothwell date back to January 2012. He was convicted last spring, did not “eliminate the possibility of a postoperative complication in the patient,” a man in his fifties, after a laparoscopic surgery. He had the same shot been acquitted of another chief, who remonstrated with him not to have dictated his operative procedure in the 24 hours following the intervention.
Dr. Bothwell is a medical doctor since 1993. After a stint in Ontario, he joined the surgical team of the Hospital in Gatineau in 2004. In 2003, a suspension of the College of physicians and surgeons of Ontario of two months was imposed for misconduct.