Nova Scotia psychiatrist Javed Ali suspended for treating family member

August 11, 2012

On June 4, 2012, the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons suspended psychiatrist Javed Ali for two months for inappropriately treating a family member.

According to the Board’s settlement agreement, Ali prescribed a variety of drugs, including psychiatric drugs, between 2005 and 2010 for a relative. Specifically, Ali changed the times and dosages prescribed by the family member’s treating physician.

This came to light in 2010 after Ali took the family member home even though the treating physician had sent the person to the hospital.

Ali initially said his signature had been forged on the prescriptions but he later admitted he had written them.

He agreed that his actions constituted professional misconduct, the decision said.

Source: John McPhee, “Sydney psychiatrist suspended for treating family member,” The Chronicle Herald, June 4, 2012.


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