Sharp rise in complaints against B.C. doctors 0
The number of complaints against the province’s doctors rose by nearly 50% last year, according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.
The 1,028 complaints last year – up from 700 the year before – included missed diagnoses, as well as several claims of inappropriate sexual touching and alleged “reckless prescribing by physicians who ought to have known that their patient was addicted to or diverting drugs,” according to the college’s annual report.
But the medical regulator insisted the increase reflects growing vigilance about investigating complaints.
“Safeguarding the public is the mandate and foremost priority of the college,” the report states. “The comprehensive review and serious consideration of each complaint ensures a just and fair process.”
The college's website also lists nine doctors who faced discipline in 2012, two of whom practice in the Lower Mainland.
Dr. Gustavo Carvalho admitted to unprofessional conduct in 2009 by “creating false appointments for patients” and billing the Medical Services Commission for “patients he had not seen.” The Richmond doctor was suspended for three months and ordered to pay more than $50,000, plus costs.
Meanwhile, Vancouver-based Dr. Adrian Reagan admitted to professional misconduct by providing “unauthorized” Botox consultations and treatments, and practicing without liability insurance. He received a formal reprimand and a $10,000 fine.