Sep 23, 2020

Practitioners have a status that many organizations like to use. However, lending that status to an organization creates a duty on the practitioner to ensure that the organization is acting appropriately. In Wong v Health Professionals Appeal and Review Board, 2016 ONSC 6413 (Div.Ct.), a physician permitted a clinic to list him as its Associate Medical Director. The clinic then advertised services he did not provide and made Groupon offers. The practitioner was unaware of these advertisements. The ICRC screening committee gave educational advice to the practitioner. He objected to the advice because he was not aware of the advertisements. The Appeal and Review Board and the Court upheld the advice, finding that he had a responsibility to exercise due diligence into how his status would be used by the clinic.

Another physician who had not loaned their status to the clinic and who had not known about the advertisements ultimately received no educational advice.