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College Issues a Consensual Reprimand of Dr. Erin MacLean-Fraser of Antigonish, NS

August 20, 2015

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Medical Act, Dr. Erin MacLean-Fraser has accepted a reprimand and conditions issued by the College.

Dr. MacLean-Fraser was reprimanded for a number of deficiencies in her medical practice. A reprimand is a sanction that is entered on a doctor's formal discipline record. In addition to the reprimand, Dr. MacLean-Fraser's licence is subject to the following conditions:

1. She must participate in a follow-up audit at her expense 6 months after returning to practice. This audit will be arranged through the College's Physician Performance Department and will assess her performance clinically and professionally.

2. She will be subject to a program of supervision overseen by the College's Physician Performance Department pending her follow-up audit. The primary purpose of the supervision will be to ensure that Dr. MacLean-Fraser is meeting her professional responsibilities with respect to charting, documentation, and dictations.

3. She must complete at her expense the Record Keeping Course offered at Western University, within 3 months of returning to practice

A summary of the decision is available.   

College announces June 15, 2015 decision regarding Dr. Stephen Harley

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has accepted the 2015 Settlement Agreement advanced by the College and Dr. Stephen Harley and recommended by an Investigation Committee of the College pursuant to section 51 of the Medical Act.

Dr. Harley has admitted to breaching the 2013 Settlement Agreement with the College and that such breach constitutes professional misconduct within the meaning of the Medical Act. Dr. Harley has consented to the revocation of his licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia. The revocation is effective as of November 3, 2014, the date when Dr. Harley admitted his breach to the College.

June 15, 2015 Hearing Committee Decision accepting the Settlement Agreement



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