By Dr. Andrew Jones
Source: CBC News
A Vancouver veterinarian’s licence has been reinstated after a nasty battle with the College of Veterinarians of B.C.
Hakam Singh Bhullar alleged racial bias was behind the allegations that lead the college to revoke his licence in Dec. 2009. He has been performing administrative duties since then.
An inquiry by the college found Bhullar guilty of 17 infractions, including botched surgery, poor record keeping and unethical marketing.
But the B.C. Supreme Court has overturned the inquiry’s findings because some of the veterinarians on the panel retired before the investigation was completed.
Bhullar is celebrating the decision.
“I believe in the justice system, and I believe in Canada, the Canadian justice system, and justice is done. I’m innocent and because I was the leader of the Indo-Canadian doctors group, that’s why they took my licence,” he said.
The BC Human Rights Tribunal is reviewing Bhuller’s claim of racial bias.
The college said it would comment sometime Wednesday.
P.S. There are so many aspects to Dr Bhullar’s case and story. Alleged infractions, a finding of professional misconduct…But then these decisions were made with a primarily Anglo Saxon council not especially enamoured with Dr Bhullar running a Low Cost Animal Hospital..
I am sure he has personally incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills, and had many a sleepless night.
He has many a supporter, especially grateful pet owners, and good for him for getting his licence back…Especially if he really is a competent Veterinarian providing quality services.
I am curious as to what you all might think of this, and if you think I should be consulting another lawyer for a second opinion?
Feel free to leave a comment here on my blog…
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