July 22, 2015 - 1:00 PM
VICTORIA - A British Columbia doctor who texted an unauthorized photo of a patient's catheter site along with a joke to somebody not involved in the case has been fined $20,000.
The province's College of Physicians and Surgeons says in a news release that Dr. John Joseph Kinahan, a urologist from Victoria, B.C., has admitted to the misconduct.
Details on when and where the incident occurred were not provided, although the college says it received a complaint from the patient and a breach-of-privacy report from the Island Health authority.
The college says the patient was unconscious when the photo was taken by Kinahan who used his personal cellphone.
Besides issuing the $20,000 penalty, the college has written Kinahan a formal reprimand, suspended him for six months starting Jan. 1, 2016, and ordered him to attend a clinician-patient communication program.
He must also further his education in the areas of ethics, boundaries and professionalism.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2015