June 03, 2015

Ottawa abortion doctor retires, admits to professional misconduct over unhygienic clinic conditions

Rebel Staff
 

Dr. Wee Lim Sim resigned from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons on Tuesday after its disciplinary committee condemned the unhygienic conditions in his downtown clinic.

The National Post reports that the conditions put "two dozen patients (...) at grave risk of infection."

Sim also reportedly "sent anesthesized women home alone in taxis" and gave patients a form letter that read, "If you do not keep quiet, your surgery will be cancelled and you will have to go to another doctor."

In their reprimand, members of the College’s disciplinary committee said it is “disheartening” to see a physician kicked out of the profession at the end of a “valued career, especially so when that career has been in an area which has provided controversy, conflict and even threats of harm to its practitioners and which has provided help for women, often in extremely vulnerable an distressing circumstances.”

Outside the hearing room, Sim appeared unfazed by the reprimand.

I did a few things not according to the standards of the College,” he said. “With enough skill and experience you can do without many of those things.”

 

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commented 2015-06-05 21:40:10 -0400
It sounds as though he is unremorseful and arrogant. The Ontario College of Doctors and Surgeons said, it is “disheartening” to see a physician kicked out of the profession at the end of a “valued career," etc. The casual attitude towards putting patients at high risk of infection appears to carry over throughout the College. Dr. Lim Sim is retiring without any punitive consequences even though he allegedly threatened his patients to keep silent or he would withhold his services. That says he knew he was being unprofessional and unethical and even using illegal practices. Doctors should be held accountable and not be above the law. How do we know if the post operative recuperation period for any of those patients had any serious setbacks like, death? I would like to see an investigation into this, from my perspective, it looks like a smoothing over of what could be criminal practice.
commented 2015-06-03 18:01:36 -0400
I wonder if he got his abortion training in China?
commented 2015-06-03 17:34:20 -0400
There was an incident in Edmonton’s Royal Alex Hospital where cleaning chemicals got into the water of 4 patients on dialysis and one has since died this morning so our lives are in the hands of unscrupulous medical people.
commented 2015-06-03 13:51:54 -0400
“I did a few things not according to the standards of the College,” he said. “With enough skill and experience you can do without many of those things.””

Another doctor who developed a ‘god’ complex.
commented 2015-06-03 13:16:04 -0400
Canada’s health care is shot through with attitudes like Sim’s. Gone are the days when we can, with confidence, trust doctors to do no harm.
commented 2015-06-03 11:36:36 -0400
And to think, this guy turned himself in. The real scary part about this whole thing is how many others are practicing medicine in similar conditions/ways that we don’t know about? I’ve seen full blown hospitals screw people over, never mind small time practitioners. What would be really helpful is undercover investigations every so often to ensure the safety of patients and the public at large.