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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileDoctors in Canada who engage in improper behaviour with patients everything from inappropriate comments and relationships to unwanted touching and sexual abuse are frequently given a second chance to continue practising, a CBC investigation has found.Over the last 15 years, at least 250 doctors have been disciplined across the country for a litany of patient boundary offences, according to a CBC News examination of discipline cases.Watch the fifth estate’s Doctors Without Boundaries on Friday, Jan. licence over alcohol abuse allegationsFewer than one third lost their licence, and about half of the doctors continue to practise today.In fact, CBC has identified 28 doctors who have been cited more than once for inappropriate behaviour with their patients. Five of them continue to practise.Barb MacQuarrie is the community director at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at Western University in London, Ont. (CBC)Barb MacQuarrie, community director at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at Western University, called the situation revealed by CBC’s findings “unacceptable.””They’re tragic really, because there’s a story behind each one of those, of an individual who’s really been betrayed and injured by the conduct of the doctor,” she said.According to the disciplinary data, more than 380 patients were involved in inappropriate interactions with doctors.PROFILES 12 Canadian doctors who have been disciplined more than onceOf the 250 doctors who were found to have behaved inappropriately with patients, 181 were general practitioners and 32 were psychiatrists.The statistics come from an analysis of 15 years of published doctor discipline cases across the country. The process was made difficult by the lack of uniform reporting and transparency rules in the different jurisdictions and their respective regulatory bodies: the colleges of physicians and surgeons.The governing body in Alberta, for instance, only publishes a summary of disciplinary findings going back five years. Manitoba’s website only lists discipline cases going back 10 years. Ontario’s information stretches back to the 1980s. The Yukon Medical Council said legislation restricted them from releasing all discipline information.The analysis found a total of 934 formal discipline cases representing 817 physicians in 10 provinces and two territories. Offences ranged from faking credentials, ethical breaches and minor administrative issues to a lack of skill and poor quality of care.