TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - An agreement has been reached between the law firm of Thomson, Rogers on behalf of its clients and North York General Hospital to negotiate a resolution of individual claims of alleged sexual assault at the hospital by Dr. George Doodnaught. The police laid criminal charges against Dr. Doodnaught on March 11, 2010. These allegations have not been proven in court. The agreement between the hospital and the law firm of Thomson, Rogers provides for the design of an Alternate Dispute Resolution Process that will protect patient confidentiality and fairly resolve claims for qualifying complainants.
Thomson, Rogers has been retained by 17 alleged victims and has been instructed by its clients to enter into this agreement with North York General Hospital to fairly and efficiently resolve claims of these alleged victims of sexual abuse. In entering this agreement, the hospital is prepared to have claims reviewed and resolved in an equitable manner that will avoid a lengthy legal process for its patients.
While the agreement is without an admission of liability on the part of the hospital, it represents a willingness by North York General Hospital to move forward with the claims in a manner that is sensitive and respectful to its patients.
SOURCE THOMSON ROGERS
For further information: For further information: about the Alternate Dispute Resolution Process please contact Darcy Merkur at Thomson, Rogers by calling 416-868-3100 or toll-free at 1-888-223-0448; If patients have questions or concerns about their care at North York General Hospital, please contact the Patient & Family Information Line at 416-756-6271; For media inquiries, please call North York General Hospital's media line at 416-756-6127