The Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)
September 4, 2015

Psychiatrist Kwabena Akuffo-Akoto

Psychiatrist Kwabena Akuffo-Akoto

Testimony concludes in medical lawsuit

Testimony wrapped up on Thursday in Saint John Court of Queen’s Bench in a civil suit against the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Michael and Shirley Shannon from the St. Stephen area are suing association to collect on a judgment of more than $500,000 against psychiatrist Kwabena Akuffo-Akoto awarded in 2004.

The couple sued the doctor over sexual improprieties while Shirley Shannon was his patient. The couple could not collect the money because Akuffo-Akoto left the country.

They sued the CMPA which pays for the legal defence of medical doctors and pays settlements for malpractice. The association argues that it does not pay settlements for criminal acts such as sexual misconduct outside anything that could me called medical practice.

The association’s current CEO Dr. Hartley Stern testified as the last witness in the trial before Madam Justice Tracey DeWare. Eugene Mockler, QC, and Kynne Lenihan are representing the Shannons. Kenneth B. McCullogh, QC, and Domenic Crolla are representing the CMPA. DeWare set Sept. 25 as the deadline for the lawyers to submit legal briefs, and wanted any replied filed before a meeting with counsel on Oct. 2. DeWare said that she would try to deliver her decision by the end of this year. There will be no oral arguments.