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Can a complaint be filed against me if I dismiss a patient for being abusive?

Posted August 16, 2022

A physician can immediately discharge a patient if they are abusive, pose a safety risk, or fail to respect professional boundaries. Please see our standard of practice on Terminating the Physician-Patient Relationship to learn more.

If you need to dismiss a patient from your practice, you do not need to inform CPSA. Notify the patient in writing that they have been formally dismissed from your practice and ensure all relevant details are documented in the patient’s file.

If a patient becomes threatening and you feel your safety or that of your staff and colleagues is at risk, contact local law enforcement immediately