The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta last week announced its tribunal had found Slave Lake physician Dr. Keith Martin not guilty of professional misconduct in a case from way back in 2013. However, according to a CPSA spokesperson, the case only came to its attention in 2018.
It was alleged, says the CPSA in the March 24 news release, that Dr. Martin “struck a patient on the head during her attendance at the emergency room in Slave Lake while being assessed and treated for head trauma from a slip and fall.”
The CPSA tribunal concluded that the patient “was trying to be truthful,” but her evidence wasn’t reliable. For one thing, says the release, she didn’t have “independent recollection” of the events in question. Not only that, “there were significant discrepancies” between the patient’s evidence and that provided by other witnesses.
Under the Health Professions Act, CPSA has 30 days from the date of the decision to appeal. A spokesperson for the College told The Leader the complainant is not allowed to appeal the decision.