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Grande Prairie physician found guilty of inadequate record keeping by CPSA

A Grande Prairie physician has been found guilty for inadequate record keeping by a Canadian College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta Hearing Tribunal.

Going into the CPSA hearing at the end of March, Dr. Obaid Afridi faced three counts of unprofessional conduct, including displaying a lack of skill or judgement when treating a patient, creating inadequate patient records and incorrectly billing Alberta Health Services. According to the decision report from the CPSA, the allegations are for a series of appointments with one patient which took place between May 2019 and May 2020.

The tribunal found Afridi guilty on a portion of the allegations for creating adequate patient records. According to the 52-page decision from the CPSA Tribunal, “Dr. Afridi failed to meet the requirements in the Start of Practice’ when it came to patient records. While the other allegations regarding improper billing, and not making timely referrals or prescribing medications without regard to the patient’s medical history were not proven.

According to the CPSA, the tribunal will reconvene to consider submissions on sanctioning at a later date.

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