AMHERST – There shouldn’t be any interruption to obstetrical services at Cumberland County’s regional hospital after one of its two obstetricians lost his licence to practice.
The Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons revoked the licence of Dr. John Fynn last week after it was informed his sponsor was withdrawing her support for his defined licence.
The sponsor, Dr. Celina White – the Cumberland Health Authority’s medical chief of staff – withdrew her sponsorship on June 28 following an alleged incident at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre involving him and an anesthetist at the hospital.
While she can’t comment on what took place, health authority spokeswoman Ann Keddy said patient care should not be impacted.
“We are working to get a locum to fill some shifts and we still have obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Robin MacQuarrie,” Keddy said. “We also have three family doctors working on a obstetrical rotation.
Keddy said those patients who have appointments scheduled with Fynn are urged to contact their family doctor as soon as possible to request a referral to another specialist.
In an affidavit to the college, White said Fynn breached a strict behaviour agreement with the health authority. She said she personally decided to withdraw as his sponsor because of her concerns that Fynn used what she described as “physical intimidation and profanities” toward the anesthetist.
Fynn is disputing White’s version of events in his own affidavit.
He attempted unsuccessfully late last week to have the college’s decision stayed by the court. His lawyer, Tom Donovan, argued her decision was based solely on an investigation committee that responded to a report by the anesthetist that was sent to a number of senior officials at the health authority.
Donovan could not be reached for comment on Monday, but he told a Halifax news website that Fynn was not permitted to hear what the anesthetist, or witnesses, said about the incident, saying the obstetrician was entitled to know in advance since it could jeopardize his licence.
He said Fynn should have been entitled to counsel and to have the right to hear and challenge evidence against him.