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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 practice;
(c) Dr. O'Shea shall not knowingly or with his consent work for or associate himself
with the Canadian Cancer Research Group or its related organizations;
(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 this Order.
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)
Appeal: No Appeal
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.