LONDON, ON, Jan. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - On January 15, 2013, Dr. Cathy Frank,
a physician practicing in Ontario and a member of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, agreed and undertook to the College to cease
practicing medicine. The College website shows Dr. Frank as an active
Over 100 women contacted Legate & Associates about their treatment and
that of their babies at the hands of Dr. Frank. Approximately 60 women
have issued claims for themselves and several more actions are under
investigation for compromised babies, and one has been commenced.
These women have made complaints to the CPSO as far back as 2006 about
Dr. Frank. Even though the College conducted an investigation into
several complaints, its Complaints Committee has never sent Dr. Frank's
case to its public Discipline Committee. Legate & Associates appealed
this ruling of the Complaints Committee to the Health Professionals
Appeal Review Board, arguing that the breadth and duration of the
concerns mandated a full public hearing. While this decision was under
reserve ( the hearing was held on December 18, 2012) the College and
Dr. Frank, in negotiations that took place out of the public eye,
agreed to her ceasing practice.
We continue to await the decision of HPARB because Dr. Frank may yet
apply in future for reinstatement of her right to practice medicine.
Further, we are of the view that the public, including the many women
treated by Dr. Frank who are not part of any lawsuits, have the right
to know what happened and why this outcome took so long. While it is
good news to the women who bravely pursued their complaints with the
College and commenced lawsuits, that Dr. Frank has ceased practice, the
information that is now tightly held behind closed doors continues to
be a concern for them.
SOURCE: Legate & Associates Personal Injury Lawyers
For further information:
Barbara Legate or Joni Dobson
Legate & Associates