Well known Brampton physician Dr. Brian Thicke, patriarch of the famous Thicke family, will now face a public discipline hearing for allegedly sexually abusing a patient, after Ontario’s medical regulator first dismissed the complaint against him in secret.
A spokesperson for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has also confirmed that “in addition to the pending discipline hearing, Dr. Thicke is under investigation,” but did not provide further details.
A panel of the regulator’s inquiries, complaints and reports committee made up of doctors and members of the public dismissed a complaint made against Thicke by Lisa Fruitman in Nov.
After Fruitman appealed to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, a civilian body, the committee was ordered to review the complaint after the board found the decision to take no further action was “unreasonable.”
After being ordered to review the complaint, the college’s complaints committee chose to send it to a public discipline hearing.
The discipline proceedings, which have yet to be scheduled, will be heard in public in front of a five-member panel of the college’s discipline committee, also made up of doctors and members of the public. Discipline hearings hear directly from witnesses. If found guilty of sexual abuse, Thicke would most likely lose his licence.