Calgary family physician Dr. Phu Vu has been suspended from practice as of August 29, 2022, after a CPSA hearing tribunal found that his conduct constitutes “sexual abuse” as defined in the Health Professions Act.
This is the first CPSA hearing decision that has been released pertaining to An Act to Protect Patients, which was brought into effect on April 1, 2019.
Dr. Vu faced two allegations from two different patients, both including inappropriate and unsolicited behaviour during sensitive examinations. Both allegations were proven, however, the first preceded An Act to Protect Patients, while the second occurred post-legislation and was found to meet the definition of “sexual abuse.” Under section 81.1(1) of the Health Professions Act, Dr. Vu’s practice permit is immediately suspended until the hearing tribunal releases their sanction decision.
Dr. Vu is responsible for ensuring his patients are transferred to another physician.
CPSA Hearing Tribunal decision (Trigger/content warning: sexual abuse; sexual language)