Cambridge MD admits to professional misconduct

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Deepa Takhar a Cambridge-based physician has admitted to engaging in professional misconduct before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

In 2013, Dr. Takhar created the Franklin Family Health Organization and by 2015, her individual patient count had jumped to over 7,000.

If that wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the college found that Dr. Takhar wasn’t able to ensure proper care could be provided for patients.

A review of her record found:
• Medications and antibiotics were prescribed without a clinical reason noted in the patient’s chart
• Follow-ups for mammograms, pap smears and blood tests were inconsistent
• Necessary follow-up on tests for patients were missed

During submissions, Takhar’s lawyer argued she took on that number of patients because of a lack of physicians in the area, but the college rejected the explanation.

The defense and prosecutor put forward a joint submission on discipline that includes an official reprimand, education on family medicine programs, a fine of $6,000 and a reassessment in a year.
The college said it needed more time to decide on the appropriate discipline.

Dr. Takhar and her lawyer declined to comment on the case. -CINEWS

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