Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons Sanctions an Oshawa Doctor from Delivering Babies
Oshawa, Ontario – Dr. Padamjit Singh has been declared “incompetent” by the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. The ruling came after an official disciplinary council convened to review two cases of child births that went horribly wrong. In one instance, Dr. Singh crushed the fragile skull of the infant child during the birthing process. In another instance, the baby suffocated during delivery. In response, Dr. Singh has been banned from further delivering children in the province’s hospitals and clinics.
In what may have been a nod of professional courtesy, she will be allowed to perform a limited range of procedures such as biopsies, removal of polyps and cysts, insertion of Intrauterine Devices (IUDs), and administration of a dilation and curettage (D&C). In the case of cysts and polyps, she cannot perform the removal for patients requiring intra-abdominal surgery. The disciplinary board appeared quite lenient with Dr. Singh, as she was previously given the same restrictions in 2009.
During the birth resulting in asphyxiation of the baby, doctors determined Dr. Singh did not perform due diligence prior to labor and delivery. Had she examined the mother, she would have seen the delivery was at a high risk to the child. During the delivery, Dr. Singh became visibly nervous. She only resorted to an emergency cesarean section at the insistence of her accompanying nurses. The infant had to be revived through the use of intubation. It is unknown whether the victims suffered any permanent damage or survived.