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26 Jan 2010
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Past Findings of the Discipline or Fitness To Practise Committee
Decision Date: 26 Jan 2010
On January 26, 2010, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Eoghan Brendan
O'Shea had committed an act of professional misconduct in that he failed to
maintain the standard of practice of the profession. Dr. O'Shea was medical
director, from 2000 to 2002 and approximately September 2005 to June 2006, of
Canadian Cancer Research Group (CCRG), a private complementary medicine
organization whose patient population consisted of, among others, terminally
ill cancer patients. While employed at, affiliated with or consulting for
CCRG, Dr. O'Shea failed to maintain the standard of practice by: a) failing to
examine the organization's patients or obtain informed consent before
prescribing to them; b) failing to communicate with the organization's
patients' conventional medicine physicians and/or oncologists; and c) failing
to make reference in his charts to communications with the organization's
patients' conventional medicine physicians and/or oncologists.
The Discipline Committee ordered and directed that:
1. The Registrar impose immediately the following terms, conditions and
limitations on Dr. O'Shea's certificate of registration:
(a) Dr. O'Shea shall not engage or associate himself with the provision
of complementary medical treatment for terminal disease;
(b) Dr. O'Shea shall not prescribe or compound "compound products" to
treat terminal disease in the context of a complementary medicine
(c) Dr. O'Shea shall not knowingly or with his consent work for or
associate himself with the Canadian Cancer Research Group or its
(d) To the extent Dr. O'Shea is permitted to practice Complementary
Medicine, Dr. O'Shea shall adhere to the College's policy on
Complementary Medicine as may be amended from time to time,
including, but not limited to, obtaining informed consent and
examining patients before prescribing to them; and
(e) At his own expense, Dr. O'Shea shall complete the College's Medical
Ethics and Informed Consent course, within one year of the date of
2. Dr. O'Shea pay to the College costs in the amount of $3, 650.00.
3. The results of this proceeding be included in the register.
Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Member-reported Findings of Malpractice/Professional Negligence
Effective June 4, 2009, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) requires members to report to the College any finding of professional
negligence or malpractice made against them.
No findings reported since June 4, 2009.