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Lab West doctor found guilty of misconduct

A Labrador West doctor has been found guilty of four counts of professional misconduct.

Dr. Adekunle Owolabi has been found guilty by a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador disciplinary panel on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Dr. Adekunle Owolabi was accused of inappropriate touching, kissing and sexual comments, particularly during pelvic examinations.

Owolabi is also to have a chaperone present while examining female patients for two years. He is also required to pay $75,000 for the cost of the investigation and hearing.

A three-person panel called by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador said Owolabi’s actions erode public confidence in the medical system.

Lawyers representing the complainants were seeking an eight-month suspension from practicing medicine. The had also suggested the chaperone and that Owolabi complete a course on boundaries, which is also part of his sentence.

Owolabi's lawyer, Paul Stokes, had asked for a three- to six-month suspension.

Owaolabi is in private practice but works out of the Labrador West Health Centre operated by Labrador-Grenfell Health.


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