02/16/2015 04:29 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Gilles Mercier, West Island ob-gyn, suspended and fined $15K

A Pointe-Claire obstetrician-gynecologist has been suspended for the second time in three years.

Collège des médecins du Québec has prohibited Gilles Mercier from practising for three months. He also faces a fine of $15,000. The sanctions against Mercier are related to not properly filling out post-operative charts.

He was also sanctioned in a 2012 case which was also related to inadequate charting.

Mercier contested the decision, but the judgment against him was upheld last month in Quebec Superior Court.

Patients stood behind doctor in 2012

When Mercier was suspended in 2012, his patients protested in the streets, saying they didn’t want the doctor — who has delivered many babies in the West Island — to be pulled away from his duties due to an administrative error.

“We’re not a militant bunch, but you take away the doctor, you put lives at risk,” said one former patient.

At the time, the College of Physicians said they had no choice but to take action, because Mercier had ignored warnings about his paperwork for years.

The doctor had a reputation for never taking more than two weeks off at a time, and the last time he was suspended, he told CBC News he spent much of his time thinking about his patients.

Mercier could not be reached for comment.