Grande Prairie surgeon found guilty of unprofessional conduct

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By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Dr. Wynand Wessels, a Grande Prairie surgeon, has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) after he shaped and hung a rope in the shape of a noose on an operating room door.
The CPSA says the noose was directed at one or more of his colleagues.
The Order of the Tribunal documents says the noose was placed on the operating room door June 24, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie.
Wessels will face a four-month suspension on his practice permit along with two weeks of that suspension remitted for an unpaid leave requested by Alberta Health Services, says the CPSA.
He will also be responsible for 75 per cent of the costs of the merits hearing, sanction hearing, and investigation.
The total costs are still unavailable.
“CPSA had asked for a longer suspension, but we must respect the independence of the hearing tribunal,” says Dr. Scott McLeod, CPSA Registrar.
“It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that Dr. Wessels has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct, and a suspension demonstrates this behaviour is not appropriate or...continued.

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