Christopher Doyle, Ontario Psychiatrist, in Hot Water – “inability to maintain a strict doctor-patient relationship”

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Waterloo Region Record
Cambridge doctor faces hearing
by Johanna Weidner
Jul 05, 2017

Psychiatrist Christopher Doyle

CAMBRIDGE — A Cambridge psychiatrist is again facing allegations of professional misconduct.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario will hold a hearing to decide if Dr. Christopher Doyle committed acts of professional misconduct and if he’s incompetent.

A date has not yet been set.

Doyle has taken a leave of absence from Cambridge Memorial Hospital while the matter is before the college.

Doyle was hired by Cambridge Memorial in 2010, less than a year after being disciplined by the college for professional misconduct after having a romantic relationship with a patient.

Cambridge Memorial’s chief of staff said at the time he was confident in the care provided by Doyle and ensured all conditions and limitations required by the college were being met.

In September 2009, the college’s discipline committee found that Doyle, who was then practising in Mississauga, committed an act of professional misconduct. According to the ruling, Doyle provided psychotherapy to a patient in 2005 and 2006. Doyle reported the therapeutic relationship ended in July 2006 due to an inability to maintain a strict doctor-patient relationship.

A romantic relationship developed later that summer. Before then, there had been no physical contact while the patient was under his care.

The committee ordered Doyle’s registration suspended for a year or six months if he completed three courses. A number of terms were imposed, including continued therapy with a psychotherapist, restrictions on care to female patients and clinical supervision. Doyle could apply for changes to the terms a year after returning to practice.

The notice of a hearing, dated April 10, states the college plans to introduce medical and hospital charts related to the patient care that is the subject of the allegations.

Christopher Doyle