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Julia Giouzel Szabo
Allegation and Plea
The College alleged that the Member failed to complete a remedial program as directed by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC), and that this conduct would be regarded as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.
The Member was neither present nor represented by counsel at the hearing. The hearing proceeded on the basis that the Member denied the allegations.
The Panel heard from one witness and received twelve exhibits.
College staff testified that the Member was sent a letter on July 5, 2013, informing her that the ICRC required the Member to complete a remedial program and attend an oral caution. The College sent a second letter, on July 8, 2013, including instructions on completing the remedial program.
The Member sent a fax on September 18, 2013, advising that she would not be able to complete the remedial program within the timeline prescribed and requested that the deadline be extended to July 2014. The College denied this request and offered an extension to December 5, 2013.
The College sent two additional letters offering opportunities for an extension. The Member did not provide a response and the remedial program was not completed.
The Panel found that the evidence supported findings of professional misconduct as alleged, and that the Member’s conduct would be regarded as dishonourable and unprofessional. The Member repeatedly chose not to comply with the ICRC order.
Submissions on Order
The College sought an oral reprimand and a two-month suspension. The Member would be required to complete specified remediation activities in preparation for a series of meetings with a nursing expert.
The Panel found that failing to comply with an order of any statutory committee was serious and would not be tolerated. The persistent disregard for the process demonstrated a lack of governability on the Member’s part. The penalty satisfied the principles of specific deterrence and protection of the public.