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Nova Scotia psychiatrist suspended for two months for treating family member

06/04/2012 12:46 EDT | Updated 08/04/2012 05:12 EDT
HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia psychiatrist has been suspended for treating a family member.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia says it has suspended Dr. Javed Ali of Sydney for two months following an investigation.

The college says it launched an investigation after a complaint that Ali had taken a family member home instead of transferring them from one hospital to another for psychiatric care in 2010.

The complaint also alleged Ali administered medications to the family member that were contrary to prescribed times and dosages.

During the course of its investigation, the college says it obtained information that Ali had prescribed a variety of medicines for a family member on "numerous occasions" from 2005 to 2010.

The college says Ali admitted to the allegations and agreed that they constituted professional misconduct.

His suspension begins Tuesday and runs through Aug. 4.

The college said Ali also had to complete two medical ethics courses and would also have to pay the $3,000 cost of its investigation by June 30, or risk the suspension of his licence to practice medicine.

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