A Saskatchewan physician is facing multiple charges of unprofessional conduct for actions that allegedly include having sex with five patients, attempting to kiss a patient who was also a tenant at his rental property and sending photos of patients to someone.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) laid 11 charges against Dr. Josias Furstenberg, who previously worked at Prince Albert’s Victoria Square Medical Centre, last week. The charges have not been proven and, if Furstenberg denies some or all of the allegations, he will be asked to appear before a disciplinary committee.
The documents published by the CPSS allege that Furstenberg “committed acts of sexual impropriety or sexual violation” by engaging in sexual activity, including sexual intercourse, with five patients. For one patient, this was said to have happened in 2016. The dates for the other four patients were not specified.
Furstenberg is charged with having “failed to maintain the standards of practice of the profession” in his treatment of one of the patients he is alleged to have had sex with because he allegedly prescribed large quantities of opioids to the patients without having taken appropriate steps to have dealt with the patient’s drug dependency and/or addiction.
Furstenberg is also charged with the following:
- For allegedly acting in a way deemed “unbecoming, improper, unprofessional or discreditable” for attempting to kiss a female patient, who was also a tenant in a rental property owned by Furstenberg, when the patient came to Furstenberg’s home to pay rent.
- For allegedly emailing a person in January 2016 about a patient. Email exchanges included the fact that the patient “was a total bitch” and was “drug seeking again.”
- For allegedly accessing a person’s personal health information through the Saskatchewan eHealth computer program between February and June of this year without the person’s permission and without a legitimate need to know the information.
- For allegedly sending that person photographs of patients. “Some or all of the photographs were images of patients receiving infusions,” the CPSS documents said. “You sent the photograph or photographs without the expressed or implied consent of the persons depicted in the photographs.”
If Furstenberg is found guilty of some or all of the charges against him, the CPSS has the power to suspend him from practicing medicine, revoke his licence, reprimand him, fine him up to $15,000 and/or require him to complete additional training.