Alberta's Court of Appeals affirms regulator's right to publish details related to disciplinary hearings

16 Oct 2013 5:37 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
In Zakhary v College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta's highest court upheld the decision of the College to publish information about a disciplinary decision involving a doctor. The case involved the repeated failure of Dr. Kristina Zakhary to respond to a regulatory investigator from the College, which constituted professional misconduct. Dr. Zachary made a joint submission with the College for a reprimand and agreed to pay the costs of the hearing. After the appeal period passed, the College published details of the conviction and penalty. Dr. Zachary asked for judicial review of the decision to publish details, arguing this should only be done where a suspension or cancellation was issued, which was not the outcome in this instance. However, the Court upheld the College's decision, clarifying that the results of disciplinary hearings may be published even when they do not result in the suspension or cancellation of a registration.
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