A prominent Island doctor is facing being suspended.
Dr. David Ashby has admitted to professional misconduct after having a sexual relationship with a patient and providing anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs to the patient without proper diagnosis and out of the scope of his medical practice.
Dr. Ashby, who is 72, appeared before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of PEI on Friday.
The board has recommended Ashby’s licence be revoked for two years before he can reapply for reinstatement.
The doctor must also receive counseling to address doctor-patient issues.
It’s also recommended he pays a $10,000 fine and makes a $30,000 contribution toward the cost of dealing with his case.
The Council of the College can’t rule on the recommendations as penalties until its next meeting in February.
Ron MacLeod, chair of the board of inquiry, strongly recommended Dr. Ashby stop practicing immediately.
Dr. Ashby has been practicing medicine on PEI since 1977.