Why does a doctor who abuses his patients get a lesser punishment than an unlicensed electrician?
Obviously the Electrical Safety Authority takes its job more seriously than the College of Physicians and Surgeons does.
By Steve Payne
Why does a licensed doctor who sexually abuses his patients get a lesser punishment than an unlicensed electrician?
In Ontario, clearly the doctor with the predatory hands has an easier time of it.
Let’s compare two cases of violating a client’s trust and breaking the law.
In this corner, practising out of the Mississauga Health Centre, Dr. Sastri Maharajh, learned member of that most prestigious of professional organizations, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (OCPS).
His record? “Doctor” Maharajh was found guilty last year of “professional misconduct” which consisted of “resting his cheek” and/or “placing his mouth” on the breast of as many as 13 female patients.
The OCPS has disciplined him THIS way: Dr. Maharajh is not allowed to see female patients any more. You have to be a man to consult his practice. (If you’d like to do so, you can visit him at the Mississauga Health Centre).
Now let’s meet the challenger for screwing up on the job. In this corner, Richard D. Hazel, found guilty of practising illegal electrical work (no license, etc.) in Hamilton, Ont. this year – and in Windsor, Ont. in 2012.
The Electrical Safety Authority (and the Ontario College of Trades, opportunistically as ever) testified in Provincial Court, where a judge fined Mr. Hazel $15,485 and sentenced him to 30 days in jail.
Dr. Majarajh’s licensed disgracefulness earns him a restricted practice.
Richard D. Hazel’s unlicensed electrical work earns him the slammer.