A gynecologist of Quebec cancelled three months after the death of one of his patients

News 6 February, 2018
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    Dr. Marie-Chantal’brien has been found guilty of not having done the necessary follow-up for a patient who had a breast mass.

    Kathleen Frenette

    Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:27

    Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:50

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    Guilty of not having done the necessary follow-up for a young patient who had a breast mass, and died, a physician and gynecologist of Quebec has been cancelled its order for a period of three months.

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    In march 2017, an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Marie-Chantal’brien, was found guilty of not having pursued an investigation with a patient who had a “palpable mass” in her breast.

    In the fall of 2011, the 26 year old woman, whose identity is protected, had consulted with Dr. Brien for a mass in the right breast, which appeared in a few weeks.

    Following the consultation and some tests, the doctor concluded that nothing seemed suspicious and she was given a follow up appointment to the patient.

    “The respondent has not made other efforts to share fix a follow up appointment 5 months later. This is a marked difference in the conduct required in the circumstances”, had then decreed the disciplinary Board, which had added that “his failure to pursue the medical investigation of the mass was contrary to the data of the medical science”.

    In may 2012, the patient had learned that the mass had reached 10 centimeters, and that she was afflicted with a metastatic cancer. The young woman, then aged 29 years, died in march 2014.

    Relying on various decisions, it is common that the parties have suggested a write-off of three months, the Council has chosen to endorse, in concluding that “the joint recommendation is not likely to discredit the administration of justice, or otherwise contrary to the public interest”.