Doctor Had History Of Discipline Issues
(WINDSOR, ON) – A Windsor doctor has resigned following an investigation into opioid prescriptions by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The investigation, started in November 2016, involved information received from the Narcotics Monitoring System.
Dr Robert Stewart Cameron was referred to the College’s discipline committee after allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence. Cameron resigned on March 8 from the College and has agreed to never apply or reapply for registration as a physician in Ontario or any other jurisdiction.
“Dr Robert Stewart Cameron committed an act of professional misconduct, in that he has failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession,” the discipline committee wrote in its findings. “
Cameron practiced out of a clinic on Sandwich Street.
An expert looking into Cameron’s practice suggested that the doctor, “had a tendency to prescribe narcotics at doses well in excess of those recommended in the relevant clinical guidelines.” The expert went on to say that Cameron, “demonstrated questionable and at times very poor judgment in continuing to prescribe large doses of narcotics to patients who had repeatedly demonstrated aberrant behaviour.”
Cameron had twice before faced disciplinary action from the College. In 2013, he admitted to making unwanted and inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature toward nurses who was working at his clinic. The incident, reported to police, resulted in charges which were later withdrawn when Cameron agreed to enter into a peace bond.
He was also barred from all Chatham-Kent Health Alliance property in 2010.
In 2011, the College suspended Cameron’s registration for a month after he, “failed to see, assess, treat or respond to a two year-old boy while the boy was in the clinic and suffering from a life threatening anaphylactic reaction.” A paramedic provided lifesaving measures within minutes of the receptionist placing an ambulance call.
Cameron also had a practice in Tilbury.