Two Hamilton doctors suspended

Drs Suspended

Two Hamilton doctors have been handed suspensions by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

General Practitioner Dr. Koma Israel  received a one month suspension after pleading no contest to an allegation he engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct with a patient.

The college wrote in its decision that Israel made "degrading," "insensitive" and "disrespectful" comments to a female patient during an appointment. 

Following a complaint from the woman, the collage found Isreal told her "a woman needs a man and that maybe her problem was that she did not have a husband or a boyfriend." 

Palliative care physician Dr. Alan Taniguchi, was suspended for two months for failing to maintain the standard of practice.

The collage found "Dr. Taniguchi was not readily available to assess patients in a timely fashion, and his lack of availability was concerning."

Dr. Taniguchi admitted to feeling overwhelmed with his work load and is making arrangements to cut back upon resuming practice. 

In addition to the suspensions, both were ordered to pay $6000.00 in costs to the college.