Ontario dental hygienist stripped of his license for treating his wife — it’s “sexual abuse” for a medical care provider to have sexual relations with a patient, under any circumstances.
Earlier in September, Ontario’s Divisional Court released its decision to uphold the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario’s (CDHO) discipline committee’s decision to revoke Tanase’s licence after he treated his wife’s teeth.
In Ontario, it’s considered professional misconduct if a dental hygienist has “sexually abused a patient.” According to the Regulated Health Professions Act, sexual abuse includes any sexual intercourse or other types of sexual relations.
Consent is irrelevant, and a spouse is included in the definition of a patient.
Court documents show that before Tanase started treating his wife, she told him that she had a fear of dental treatment and therefore hadn’t sought care in several years. After Tanase provided care to his wife, she posted on Facebook expressing her gratitude, at which point a complaint was launched to the CDHO.
“Once there’s a complaint, statutorily, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the College shall investigate,” Abramson said. “They have no discretion not to investigate.”