Doctor appeals professional misconduct ruling

Dr. Robert Coull fined $12,500 by College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I.

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 7, 2014
Dr. Robbie Coull
Guardian photo by Jim Day

A former Charlottetown doctor who was fined $12,500 by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I. has appealed their finding of professional misconduct.

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Dr. Robert Coull filed a notice of appeal last month with the P.E.I. court of appeal, arguing the college’s decision should be dismissed and no further actions be taken against him.

The college fined Coull in November after a finding of professional misconduct relating to a patient’s complaint from 2011 about the care he received when he sought treatment for a workplace injury to his ankle and back.

The college’s fitness to practice committee said it found Coull’s conduct in the level of care he provided was unprofessional, fell below the expected standard of practice of medicine and constituted professional misconduct.

Coull formerly ran the Phoenix Medical Practice in Charlottetown, but left to return to Scotland in 2011.

In his appeal, Coull claimed the college’s fitness to practice committee made errors of fact and law in its decision, including that it ignored evidence, relied on improper evidence and made findings that were unsupported by the evidence.

By adopting the committee’s finding, the college erred, Coull argued in his appeal.

Coull is also seeking costs.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca