A Québec doctor struck off for having proposed a sexual relationship with a patient

News 19 March, 2018
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    Dr. Sébastien Paquin practiced at the hôpital Saint-François d’assise.

    Elisa Cloutier

    Monday, march 19, 2018 14:43

    Monday, march 19, 2018 14:43

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    A doctor who practiced at the hôpital Saint-François d’assise is terminated for a period of one year, for having proposed a sexual relationship with a patient he had just examined.

    The facts alleged against the Dr. Sébastien Paquin dating back to December 31, 2016, a few hours after he had examined the patient, 19 years of age, came to consult to the emergency for abdominal pain.

    Less than 12 hours after having given him his leave of the hospital, Dr. Paquin found this patient on the social network Facebook, to make him a friend request, adding: “If ever it feel not hesitate to write to me! It’s going to make me happy”, one can read in a decision of 60 pages rendered by the disciplinary Council of the Collège des médecins du Québec last November 29. The Board also stated that “the patient is young and the respondent knows”.


    One who is family doctor since 2010 then undertook trade “moved a sexual nature,” which range up to 4 January 2017. Dr. Paquin then proposes to the patient to participate in a “threesome” with him. “The action taken by the respondent is serious, both because of the gesture itself as the context in which it was laid,” says the Council of discipline.

    The patient was then immediately put an end to the discussions, writing: “my opinion is that this conversation is not appropriate for a doctor with his patient”, he said.

    “These means of communication for [social networking] focus on the spontaneity and the instant are hardly appropriate in the context of the medical profession, in particular during exchanges with a patient,” says the Council of discipline, which has also imposed a fine of $ 2,500 to Dr. Paquin.