SHAWVILLE – Dr. Richard Robinson, an anesthesiologist who worked at the Pontiac Community Hospital, is currently serving a one-year suspension that began October 25, 2021 after he plead guilty to “having failed, between the summer of 2013 and on or about January 9, 2016, to have an irreproachable conduct” towards a female colleague he worked with at a hospital in Montreal.
The case was heard by a disciplinary council of the College des Médecins du Quebec where the woman, referred to as Madame A, alleged that over the course of the nearly three year period, Robinson repeatedly sent her sexual texts messages, called her, and even followed her on a ski trip. She said she was also the victim of unwanted touching and numerous sexual innuendos, both verbally and via text message.
Madame A alleges that although she made complaints for which Robinson was warned to stop his behaviour multiple times, blocked his number (he responded by changing numbers) and repeatedly told him to stop, the behavior continued until she hired an attorney.
The Office of the Syndic of the Collège des médecins du Québec received a request for investigation in February 2016 from Madame A’s attorney. However, the hearing was remanded at least ten times on Robinson’s request due to health reasons.
The Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais would not respond to questions related to Robinson, such as whether they were aware of the allegations when he was hired and if he will return
to the Pontiac Hospital after his suspension, for “reasons of confidentiality”.
However, Marie-Pier Després, CISSSO communications agent, said his departure will not impact services offered to the population. “A replacement was arranged in conjunction with Dr. Robinson’s absence. Another physician provides anesthesia services for the Pontiac Hospital,” she concluded.