Truro doctor faces hearing over allegations of incompetence and professional misconduct

A Truro doctor is facing a hearing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia over allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence.

The accusations against Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil are centred on surgeries conducted on two different patients in 2016.

In a hearing notice last week, the college says he conducted surgery on a patient in August 2016 and failed to recognize the increased risk of bowel injuries as a result of difficulties encountered during surgery, failed to perform adequate post-operation assessments, failed to recognize the presence of bowel injury, and inappropriately discharged the patient.

In May 2016, Dr. Puthenparumpil is alleged to have failed to obtain consent from the patient, performed the surgical procedure without the patient's informed consent, failed to ensure an appropriate system was in place to obtain informed consent, and failed to take responsibility for performing a different procedure than expected by the patient.

The college says in both cases, he demonstrated a lack of integrity by providing information during the investigation that was inaccurate, incomplete, or untruthful.

The hearing will be held over five days, from April 24th to 26th and May 1st to 2nd, and none of the allegations have been proven.