July 17, 2014 3:34 pm

St-Lazare residents shocked after suspension of local family doctor

ST-LAZARE — This time last week, the waiting room at the St-Angelique Medi-Centre in St-Lazare was standing room only.

A full house of patients, waiting to see Dr. Stephen Daniel Harrison, a popular family doctor.

But these days, the clinic is very quiet. The doctor is out.

A notice at the St-Lazare medi-clinic on July 17, 2014.

Domenic Fazioli/Global News

The 50-year-old was suspended for 12 months by the College Des Medecins following allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a medical student.

While some St-Lazare residents are disgusted, but most are scrambling to find a new family doctor.

“I’m worried because we’ll have to run to the hospital emergency room if something goes wrong,” said resident Caroline Pilotte.

“I’m not looking forward to the long waits.”

Cesia Quintanilla said that Dr. Harrison’s suspension has made an already bad situation worse.

“For me, I need to go to my old doctor in Ville Lasalle,” Quintanilla told Global News.

“There’s no one that wants to take me here because it’s all booked.”

Dr. Stephen Daniel Harrison serves more than 500 patients.

St-Lazare is a fast-growing bedroom community and home to roughly 20,000 people.

According to city officials, a third of the population is under the age of 20.

 

© Shaw Media, 2014

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