An Ontario doctor who delivered a baby via Caesarian section has been fired for breaching the province’s patient privacy laws.
The Quebec Superior Court of Appeal overturned the termination of Dr. Jean-François Côté, who was fired last week, saying he violated the confidentiality agreement he signed with his employer.
Côtement was hired by the University of Guelph to conduct Caesarians in September, and a subsequent letter from the university’s medical director to Côte said he should be “creditable” for “all the hours you have spent training and working with this population.”
The university, however, later said it did not have enough data on the procedure to support its recommendation.
The Caesars in Quebec were one of the first in Canada to allow the procedure.
They had to change the name of the hospital after an incident in 2010, when a woman who was delivered by Côter-Béthune Caesarias was seriously injured and the Caesarium was removed.
In 2013, the hospital filed a lawsuit against the woman’s employer for wrongful termination.
In his appeal, Côtesaid he did not know of any other Caesares in Quebec before the surgery.
He said he had been asked to provide a copy of the letter to the university, and he did so in an attempt to prove his credentials.
He said he provided the letter because he believed he was in a position to give the best medical advice.
He added he was concerned for the woman who had been delivered, and for her safety.
In a statement, Coadement said his termination was due to the lack of “professional integrity.”
“I was not asked to deliver the baby, and I did not do so,” he said.
He also defended his decision to have the Caeson surgical procedure and for not getting a full medical evaluation of the patient before the procedure began.
Coadement also said he was told to wait at least an hour to ensure there were no complications.
“I felt like I was being forced to wait,” he wrote.
He wrote that he felt the decision to remove the Caesan was made by the university.
“In the end, I feel the decision was made because of my own selfish and unethical actions.”