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DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES DR. TIMOTHY GORDON REMILLARD PRACTICE LOCATION: Thornbury AREA OF PRACTICE: Family Medicine HEARING INFORMATION: Plea of No Contest; Agreed Statement of Facts; Joint Submission on Penalty On February 27, 2017, the Discipline Commit- tee found that Dr. Remillard committed an act of professional misconduct, in that he has engaged in conduct, an act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circum- stances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. At all material times, Dr. Remillard practised fam- ily medicine in a family health clinic in Thornbury, Ontario. The Group was composed of a number of physicians, including Dr. Remillard and Dr. X. The Group shared an electronic medical records system (EMR). The medical records of all patients of the Group were maintained in the EMR. In the period preceding the events at issue in this hearing, the relationship between Dr. Remillard and Dr. X had become acrimonious, with each physician accusing the other of various types of misbehaviour. In the context of the deteriorating relationship between the two physicians, in transferring patient charts from the Group EMR to Dr. X, for patients who were orphaned or had been patients of Dr. Remillard or other physicians in the Group but were now patients of Dr. X, Dr. Remillard deleted his entries from the patients’ electronic charts, including family histories, diagnoses, diagnostic results, letters, forms and documents. The record deletion was not in accordance with proper document retention practices and policies. After the deletions were discovered and brought to his attention, Dr. Remillard indicates that he restored the information to the EMR that he had previously deleted. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered: a three-month suspension on Dr. Remillard’s certificate of registra- tion; individualized instruction in a medical ethics course; a reprimand and payment of $5,000 in costs to the College. For complete details of the Order, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Remillard waived his right to an appeal and the Committee administered the public reprimand. DR. JANICE LOUISE RUGGLES PRACTICE LOCATION: Pickering AREA OF PRACTICE: Obstetrics-Gynecology HEARING INFORMATION: Admission; Agreed Statement of Facts; Joint Submission on Penalty On October 5, 2016, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Ruggles has committed acts of professional misconduct, in that she has engaged in an act or omis- sion relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional; and she has failed to maintain the stan- dard of practice of the profession. Dr. Ruggles, an obstetrician-gynecologist, prac- tised at a private office in Pickering and held hospital privileges at the Rouge Valley Health System. 2011 College Investigation On January 31, 2011, the College received informa- tion from a pharmacist that Dr. Ruggles had written prescriptions for large quantities of OxyContin over the past several years to a non-patient with whom Dr. Ruggles had a work-related association. The College launched a section 75(1)(a) investigation under the Health Professions Procedural Code. Dr. Ruggles sent a response to the College investi- gation dated June 14, 2011, acknowledging that she had provided prescriptions to the individual (“Indi- vidual 1”), and promised to treat and/or prescribe only to those with whom she has a doctor/patient Full decisions are available online at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. ISSUE 1, 2018 DIALOGUE 67