Hearing for so-called ‘Robin Hood doctor’ shouldn’t be hijacked by poverty debate: lawyer

National Post | News

The case against the so-called Robin Hood doctor, who stands accused of violating professional ethics by over-prescribing special diet allowances for the city’s poorest residents, cannot be hijacked by a broader debate on poverty, a lawyer for the College of Physicians and Surgeons argued Wednesday.

“This is not a case about the adequacy of social assistance in Ontario,” lawyer Carolyn Silver asserted during closing arguments on the final day of Dr. Roland Wong’s disciplinary hearing. The defence has attempted to shift the discourse, she said, to deflect attention from the real issue: “He made a ton of money by engaging in intentional misrepresentation, or certainly willful blindness.”

The hearing is examining allegations that Dr. Wong failed to maintain the profession’s standard of practice, was incompetent and engaged in “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional” conduct.

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