An Edmonton family doctor has been found guilty of six charges of unprofessional conduct after a hearing tribunal with Alberta’s medical regulator.
Dr. Daniel McKennitt received a 24-month suspension, is under several conditions, and must pay for the costs of the hearing ($25,131), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) decided.
The tribunal found McKennitt guilty of:
- Violating a continuing care agreement with the college by prescribing while not permitted to see or prescribe to patients and prescribing to someone with whom he was in a personal relationship (two counts)
- Deceiving the college during a complaint investigation (one count)
- Deceiving the Edmonton Police Service during an investigation into a forged document (one count)
- Using another physician’s prescribing form without authority to do so
- Engaging in an inappropriate personal relationship with a patient
The tribunal found McKennitt’s conduct violated the college’s standards of practice and the Canadian Medical Association’s code of ethics.
His 24-month suspension began on July 21, 2016. His practice permit is now under the following conditions:
- Cannot prescribe any drugs monitored by the Triplicate Prescription Program
- Can only practice in a group setting approved by the college
- The other physicians and nurses there must know about hearing decision
- All patients he sees must have a chaperone present or parent/guardian in the case of minor
- Must participate and co-operate fully with the CPSA’s Physician Health Monitoring Program
- Must pay the costs of the tribunal hearing and investigation over the course of 36 months
McKennitt graduated from the University of Alberta‘s faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2010.