Disciplinary committee rips dirty doc for putting patients at risk

Dr. Christiane Farazli has promised never to practise medicine again. She is now facing a $20M...

Dr. Christiane Farazli has promised never to practise medicine again. She is now facing a $20M class-action civil suit. (QMI AGENCY)

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

OTTAWA -- An "abusive" doctor who exposed patients at her endoscopy clinic to the risk of disease got some bitter medicine Thursday.

Dr. Christiane Farazli had already promised never to practice medicine again anywhere ­-- otherwise, she'd be subject to "the most severe penalties available" to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

"Your patients deserved respect, sensitively and expertise -- you provided none of these," Dr. John Watts said as he delivered a public reprimand on behalf of the discipline committee who had called her to Toronto. "Your patients have our sympathy. I hope they have your abject apologies."

Farazli became infamous three years ago when Ottawa Public Health tried to track down nearly 7,000 patients to warn them they faced a low risk of Hepatitis B or C or HIV because of dirty equipment and should be tested.

The unprecedented $730,000 move was launched after the clinic where she performed colonoscopies and gastroscopies failed a college inspection because of "serious" infection-control lapses.


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