Ottawa Sun
Ottawa psychiatrist faces new disciplinary hearing in January after prior suspension
By Don Butler
December 28, 2016

339 Gilmour St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ottawa psychiatrist Gerald Powell is facing another hearing next month before the discipline committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, less than three years after his licence was suspended for nine months for romantic relationships with two former patients.

At the Jan. 10 hearing, Powell will face allegations from the college’s inquiries, complaints and reports committee that he engaged in “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct” with respect to boundary issues with his patients and billing practices.

The committee also alleges Powell is incompetent, as defined by the Health Professions Procedural Code, which says physicians should be deemed incompetent if their professional care of a patient displays a significant lack of knowledge, skill or judgment.

Powell, 59, is semi-retired and maintains a part-time practice at 339 Gilmour St. In an interview, he said the allegations against him date from 2009 and have nothing to do with his medical care, but declined to provide further details prior to the Jan. 10 hearing.

“Unfortunately, I’m just not in a position to antagonize my licensing body,” Powell said. “I really have to be careful. I have a mistrust for them and a healthy paranoia.”

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