A Pointe-Claire obstetrician-gynecologist who was suspended for two months this summer and fined $15,000 for inadequate charting has received a second suspension from the Collège des médecins for the same offence.
Gilles Mercier, a beloved ob-gyn working out of the Lakeshore General Hospital and a private Pointe-Claire office, has been suspended for three-months and fined another $15,000 for inadequate charting, Patrick Mercier, the doctor’s son confirmed Tuesday.
Patrick Mercier said his father intends to appeal the new sanctions rendered by the Collège’s Conseil de Discipline to Quebec’s Tribunal des Professions, a provincial board which reviews decisions made by the Collège.
The three-month suspension, effective the end of October and the $15,000 fine are related to the same inadequate charting that already resulted in the two-month suspension and first $15,000 fine Mercier was issued July 17, the son said.
That post-surgery charting for operations at the Lakeshore General Hospital between Feb. 1, 2008, and June 9, 2009, is now all up to date, the son added.
“It’s unfathomable that they would continue such a witchhunt,” said Taedra Harris, a West Island mother of two young children, her youngest of whom was delivered by Mercier.
“Why they are hounding people whose files have been completed makes no sense,” Harris said. “Is there nothing else going on in the province malpractice-wise that needs to be addressed.”
Similar sentiments were expressed by other patients on a Facebook page titled Bring Back Our Dear Dr. Mercier. Expectant mothers set to deliver their babies in the next three months were especially frustrated with the Collège decision.
Harris said the 71-year-old Mercier has won the hearts of his patients by delivering all babies of his patients. When he returned to work last month after the first suspension, she said, patients celebrated at his office.
More to come.