Article by Joel OpHardt, Hamilton Spectator
A Hamilton medical marijuana physician has been handed a three-month suspension for misconduct.
Dr. Ira Price pleaded no contest to allegations heard by the discipline committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, including altering a medical record, and misleading a college investigator regarding his patient’s chart.
“The College relies on the honesty of its members in achieving self governance,” committee chair Pamela Chart said during the official reprimand of Price Monday morning. “Any failure to be completely honest with the College in its investigative process undermines professional regulation and the public’s confidence in the profession.”
The allegations against Price, the medical director of Synergy Health Services Inc. in Hamilton, stemmed from a patient who visited Price from December 2012 to April 2014 and complained that Price had acted unprofessionally by terminating him from his practice.
In response to the complaint before the College, Price provided a statement that claimed the patient refused a physical examination. The patient denied that fact.